Our Identity Protection Series with identity education expert Paige Hanson continues with her best tips and tricks against cyber attacks. From ransomware to cyber scams, Paige has a vast understanding of the threats against vulnerable internet users. She answers our burning questions on which common internet scams we should be looking for and what ransomware actually is. To top it all off, she gives us the tools and knowledge we need to outsmart scammers in this installment of our five-part video series.
If this is your first video, be sure to check out the previous installments on fraud alerts and credit freezes and your identity and cybersecurity! Watch this 2-minute video to learn how to protect yourself from cyber-attacks.
Scammers’ Two Messages
Paige mentions 2 types of messages scammers like to use: “Too Good to be True” & “Fear-Based”. Both have the end goal of getting you to react, to click that link and send them your data.
The “Too Good to be True” messages promise something that is just too good to be true. Whereas the “Fear-Based” messages taunt users into taking action. Paige recommends training employees to recognize both of these. This way they can send them to IT or raise the concerns with you instead of clicking on the link.
Scammers want you to react, to click that link and send them your data.
Have open training with your employees. Paige notes that every company is as weak as their weakest employee. Proactive training will help protect you and your employees. They will ensure you are educated on potential threats and better prepared for when threats come knocking.
“You are as weak as your weakest employee. If you have ongoing, proactive training within your company dynamic, that will definitely make you more safe.” – Paige Hanson
If threats do affect your company, especially in the case of ransomware, Paige encourages you to connect with law enforcement. That way they are made aware and can help you as well.
We hope you learned how to better protect yourself and your company from cyber attacks in this video. Check out our helpful Identity Protection Video Series resource, featuring over 25 unique resources for you and your business!
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