How To Protect Your Credit Repair Business from Phishing Scams
Have you ever received an email that appears to come from a real financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency, or any other service, business or individual? Has it asked you to share personal information such as account numbers, passwords or Social Security numbers? Be careful, there’s a possibility that it was sent to you by a cybercriminal.
Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information. According to the Department of Homeland Security, cybercriminals attempt to lure users to click on a link or open an attachment that infects their computer with viruses or malware, creating vulnerability and attacks.
Protect your credit repair business from phishing scams with these three tips shared by GoDaddy.com:
- Use antivirus software: It’s crucial to have the right antivirus software in place. There are a variety of tools and antivirus software services available online for owners looking to fortify their websites. Viruses are constantly changing and there are breach notifications laws in all 50 states. GoDaddy lists their GoDaddy Express Malware Removal, Sucuri, and Quttera as the best virus removal tools for infected sites.
- Migrate to HTTPS: One type of phishing scam that is less publicized is but equally dangerous is pharming — a cyber attack intended to redirect a website’s traffic to another, fake site — and it can affect your website without a single action, like clicking a link or downloading an attachment. HTTPS prevents this from occurring by encrypting the data that moves around our site. Be aware that while HTTPS protects your website to a great extent seeing it in another website doesn’t mean that URL is necessarily safe.
- Preach the importance of safe email use: Phishing scams grow more sophisticated each day. One common example is the fake Paypal email. This tactic has spread so much and grown realistic that Paypal even addresses such emails on their websites.
Some things they mention to watch out for:
– Generic email greetings
– Misleading links
– Grammar mistakes
GoDaddy also recommends that if you’re investing in the digital security of your business, train your employees to be critical of suspicious emails, and maintain a proactive rather than reactive attitude about data protection.
At Score, we believe that credit repair businesses should be compliant in order to be successful, and protecting it from phishing cybercriminals is essential. Visit www.scoreinc.com to learn more.
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