Avoid the phishing net

Phishing, the process of attempting to acquire sensitive information by masquerading as a legitimate and trustworthy company via online means, used to just be a problem for large corporations. But today, it’s a multi-million dollar industry that’s impacting businesses of every size.

In fact, according to the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), online scams targeting small businesses cost U.S. companies $25 million in the third quarter of 2009 and if past is prologue, we can expect that number to keep growing.

So, how can your business avoid being caught in the phishing net? By taking defensive action, now – and being vigilant about keeping your corporate web security systems and policies updated. To help you get started, here are a few simple-to-follow tips from Webroot every business can use:

  • Install Web security SaaS (Software as a Service) which offers security that’s updated regularly and protects your system from existing and emerging threats, as well as web filtering, real-time phishing detection and more.
  • Install pop-up blockers and keep potentially dangerous ads safely at bay.
  • Educate. Educate. Educate. Although a comprehensive Web security SaaS system will provide the best protection, it’s imperative that your employees also stay aware of possible threats, know what to look for when checking for signs that a sight is secure, and make thoughtful decisions while they’re online.
  • Create a company policy on Internet use – or review and update your current one – and be sure to include information about Web activity that is and is not allowed, such as use of social networking sites, online shopping sites, etc.

In addition to creating a safe environment for your employees to use the web, it’s also important to make it easy for your clients and customers to tell you when they receive suspicious email or communication sent to them from your offices. This will help you find out about possible phishing scams mirroring your business and shut them down quickly.

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