February 19, 2022
As marketing, PR, and communications employees, you use email constantly. This means you are vulnerable to the estimated 94% of ransomware that arrives via email, according to CSO Online. Ransomware is malware that encrypts your files, making any other files and systems that depend on them unstable.
You likely use email to send and receive sensitive company information. To protect this data, you need to protect yourself from fraudulent messages and scams.
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Using email also puts you at risk of phishing: the fraudulent practice of impersonating reputable companies to persuade you to reveal personal information. When deciding if an email is legitimate or not, you can use these tips to keep you and your information safe.
Three Tips to Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Messages and Scams:
- Report suspicious emails to protect others
If you don’t report a suspicious email, another receiver will likely click on it. When you report suspicious activity, you can stop others from being tricked.
- Back up your data
It’s important to back up your data so you can have a secure archive of your important information. That way, if all your data is taken or lost, you have a backup where your company’s information is still available.
- Use next-generation antivirus software
Next-generation antivirus software keeps an eye on all the files that enter your system. This software scans all your files and checks for any peculiarity or maliciousness. It helps prevent viruses and secures your information.
Is your company concerned about a cyberattack resulting from phishing and ransomware? A corporate communications professional at Axia Public Relations can help your company communicate internally and externally before, during, and after a cyberattack. For more help, download our Managing Public Relations in a Crisis e-book.
This post about phishing and ransomware is number four in a series of eight posts on cybersecurity for strategic communications professionals. Click to view the previous post "What PR pros need to know about computer theft and cybersecurity awareness" or the next post "What PR pros need to know about removable media and cybersecurity awareness" in the series.