This is a list you need to know about

This is a list you need to know about

I like a good top list. Top TV shows, celebs, latest gadgets, etc…

And there’s a new list that you’re going to want to know about. It’s the top scams relating to the current situation.

I know; it’s not the light relief I usually like in a list either.

But it’s vital that you and your people are aware of these scams right now.

So my team and I have created a short video to make it easier for you.

Watch our short video now

 

“What I do have are a very particular set of skills…”

“What I do have are a very particular set of skills…”

We’ve all heard the quote (it’s from the excellent Liam Neeson film ‘Taken’), but have you ever been held to ransom?

While it’s very unlikely that you’ve ever received an anonymous call or letter demanding thousands in return for something you hold close… it’s not out of the question that your business won’t be attacked by ransomware.

What is ransomware?

Think malware – malicious software that damages your computer. But rather than all of your files being deleted, they’re taken away from you and you’re promised their return… only when you pay a fee.

Sound scary? It’s terrifying.

We’ve created a short video to show you how to avoid ransomware, including 3 ways to protect your business.

Watch our brand new video on ransomware

 

Your long lost uncle emailed

Your long lost uncle emailed

I bet you’ve received an email along those lines before, haven’t you?

These phishing emails promising you thousands, if not millions of pounds from a wealthy relative, if you just send over your bank details.

Erm, no thanks.

But while most of us are clued-up to this kind of nonsense, the scammers are getting smarter.

Would you be so sure that a member of your team wouldn’t fall for an email from someone they know, asking them to change some payment details?

Or to log into their account to “update their information”?

You and your staff are your biggest weakness when it comes to a data breach.

Not because anyone has any ill-intent. But simply because some of these tricksters are so believable.

Especially with the work from home revolution. The number of scams has gone up enormously in the last few weeks.

For this reason, it’s really important to train your people – ALL of your people (including yourself) – in cyber security.

With cyber criminals getting more and more sophisticated, you can’t really afford poor judgement.

We’d love to help. Cyber security training can be done remotely. Call us on 01732 617744 to talk or drop us a line at [email protected].

That offer’s too good to be true

That offer’s too good to be true

We all love a bargain. Buying things online is getting the country through this crisis.

However, when you’re searching for stuff online, it’s always worth remembering that if something seems too good to be true… it probably is.

Of course a fancy coffee machine at 90% discount is appealing. And that new website designer does have incredibly low fees.

But will you actually receive anything once you’ve handed your money over?

If you land on a website offering something you want at an unbeatable price, do your research first. Look at the website address. Is it amazon.co.uk or is it actually discountamazon.co.uk? Does it have a trust mark? Is there a padlock in the address bar?

Check the spelling and grammar on the website. Is it perfect English, or could someone do with a spellcheck (or even English phrase book)?

Look at the ‘About us’ page. Does the company’s address match with what you’d expect? And what’s the returns policy like?

If you’re still not sure, look for some online reviews. If there are loads you’re probably safe (unless the reviews are terrible). If you struggle to find any it’s likely a bad sign.

As time goes on, cyber criminals are becoming more and more sophisticated in their techniques, so be vigilant. Never, I repeat, NEVER, make a bank transfer to a business you don’t know.

We will always be happy to help if you need any advice about scam websites, or want to check a website out. Even during home working it’s important to stay on top of this (in fact, more important).

If we can help with this, or anything else, call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected].

“It seemed a bit weird, but I paid it anyway”

“It seemed a bit weird, but I paid it anyway”

Imagine this. You get back from a lovely holiday abroad. And on a routine check of the business’s bank account, you see a payment for £5.5k made to a supplier you don’t recognise.

So you check with Sandra in accounts. And her words make you feel sick.

“You asked me to pay it last week, boss. You emailed me and said it was a new supplier and the payment was urgent. It seemed a bit weird, but I paid it anyway”.

This is a real scam. It’s where hackers gain access to the boss’s email, and play the long game.

They watch and learn how the boss likes to communicate. Then wait for them to be out of contact for a while. And send an email, pretending to be them, with a new payment request.

There’s usually an element of urgency to it. Many staff just pay it, rather than risk annoying the boss on holiday…

There are a number of ways to prevent something like this from happening. Some are technology; others are training. Really, you need a mix of both.

We can help you with this. Helping to protect businesses from cyber crime is what we do.

Call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected]