Donna-Maree Vinci, Chief Operations, Digital and Information Officer (CxO) at BOQ, recently spoke to cyber security experts at an industry event about how businesses are tackling the increasingly sophisticated world of cyber threats. While cyber security is one of the biggest issues for Australian businesses, it’s just as important for individuals as well. Be cyber smart with these tips for recognising hoax emails and phishing attempts. Keeping ahead of online fraudsters is a challenge for not only companies of all sizes and industries, but for everyone.
Playing it smart online with the right security software is only half the battle in keeping your information and online devices safe. It’s also important to know the signs of a hoax email so that you have the best chance of guarding yourself against a fraudster’s phishing attempt.
A fraudster’s number one goal is to trick you into thinking they are the real deal. Often, an email or fake website will be designed to imitate a company consumers trust, enticing you to enter personal information or download malicious software.
Keep your information secure
- If using internet banking, type the web address into the browser
- If an email looks suspicious stop and ask for assistance from the company who sent the email
- It’s important to always keep your browser, operating system, anti-virus and firewall software up to date
Know the signs of a hoax email
Hoax emails, or phishing emails, are designed to appear legitimate, however they often share similar characteristics.
- Look out for unofficial sender addresses – check the “from” field
- Often an urgent action is required to get your attention
- You may see generic greetings like, “Dear customer”
- Links to fake websites – this can be hard to detect so be on the look out for lower quality graphics or odd language
Need to build up your online security defences?
Knowing how to spot a fraudster is important, though having the right security software is an important defence for everyone. How strong are your defences? See more tips on how to protect yourself online here.