Friday, 24 October 2014

Warning on Cyber Security Risks

This was forwarded from a relative who works in the IT security industry and thought it worthwhile to just remind members of a few simple guidelines about email security:

Please take a minute to refresh yourself with some basic guidelines to avoid being the target of malicious cyber activity. 

Email is one of the most popular methods used to breach security, and the attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated each day. It is important to remember:

1.      Do not send your password via email.
2.      Do not open email attachments from people you don’t know and trust.
3.      Never click on a link in an email from a financial institution. Open your browser and manually type it in, this avoids the risk of being redirected to malicious sites.
4.      If you receive a link in an email, it is best practice to copy and paste it into your browser.
5.      Never reply or forward spam, just delete it.
6.      Be suspicious of emails that are formatted badly, have spelling or grammar mistakes.
7.      Be suspicious of unknown sources or suspicious emails that user your name without you knowing anything about them.

8.      If possible, before opening an attachment, save it to your computer and scan it with your antivirus software.
9.      Always be suspicious of links in emails from untrusted sources.
Trust yourself when you think something is not right or you are unsure, either contact the sender or your system administrator to check.

And lastly…
· You don’t have a rich, long lost relative that passed away leaving you millions.
· You did not win a lottery you have never bought a ticket in.
· FedEx/DHL/Royal Mail/Australia Post are not sending you an email attachment – they don’t do that.
· The bank knows everything about you, they will never ask you for your details.
· Your one true love is not overseas, waiting for you to click the link in the email.

1 comment :

  1. Coffs Harbour Garden Club24 October 2014 at 06:46

    This is the sort of email we DO NOT need to open:

    Dear ANZ Bank customer,

    You have received this email because you or someone had used your ANZ Bank internet account from different locations.
    As a precaution, we have locked your ANZ internet account in order to protect against future unauthorized transactions.
    In order to safeguard your account, we require that you confirm your account ANZ information.
    Please download the form attached to this email and follow the instructions.

    Thank you,
    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited.