It might seem obvious, but many people don’t know the signs of an email scam. On the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), kicking off a series of events to raise awareness and engage the population in the topic of cybersecurity – including email security. Throughout the country, you’ll find various organizations that are driven to educate the users on cyber safety.
Stop.Think.Connect. is one such organization. A global awareness campaign that helps digital citizens around the world to practice safe practices online, the group encourages internet users to be more vigilant about their online habits.
At Agari, we’re working with leading brands to take this burden off of consumers, to ensure that when consumers do business with our clients they don’t have to worry about phishing scams. We are working hard to fundamentally change the email equation. We also support raising consumer awareness about cyber security and we think the Stop.Think.Connect. message is perfect to keep in mind when checking your email.
STOP: Pay attention when checking your email. Even if you have a lot of emails to go through and are doing it on your phone, make sure to check each one and not just blindly open them.
THINK: Take a moment to be certain the subject is legitimate. Make sure to notice red flags, such as messages that only contain links or attachments or a large amount of spelling and grammar mistakes.
CONNECT: Make sure you stay connected with the right people by filtering your email. Most providers allow you to pick and choose who should be considered a high priority, and will filter unknown names into another folder.
A few additional email safety tips to keep you secure:
- Don’t be afraid to hover: Hovering over the sender’s name will bring up the domain the message is sent from, so if you don’t recognize the domain, it’s a safe bet that message is not legitimate. Additionally, if there is a hyperlink within the message, hovering over it will bring up the full URL.
- Pick up the phone if you have to: Unless you know the sender, any request for personal information should be ignored. If you receive an email from your bank asking for sensitive information and you are not sure if it’s legitimate or not, click out of the email and call them.
- Don’t get attached: Be wary of attachments in emails that you’re not sure about. Well-known companies and brands rarely send out attachments, so it’s a safe bet you should ignore one should it come through.
While cybersecurity is a topic that should be on top of mind every month (and every day!), using the information and resources available during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a good idea to refresh your online behavior and make sure you’re keeping your sensitive information safe.