Is it ransomware?
18 April 2016
Nowadays, clicking on links across the internet always comes with an element of risk. The same has always applied to email links, but more recently, cyber attacks through email have become a lot more prolific. With the recent surge of ransomware attacks crippling businesses across the world, employees need to be taught how to #clickclever. Follow this flowchart and share it with your colleagues, and reduce the chance of ransomware and other malware attacks greatly with your in-house "human-firewall" solution.
Remember: there are four golden rules when it comes to clicking a link on an email:
- Check the sender. Is it as expected? Does the from address look legitimate?
- Scroll over the link. Does it look ok? Is there any strange tracking code added, or does it link to an odd looking site?
- Is the content in the email relevant to you? Is it asking you to pay an invoice? Is that in your job description? If not, leave it alone.
- Do you really need to click it? The safest way to avoid the risk that comes with clicking a link is to avoid the click altogether. It's the most important rule of them all. If you don't NEED to click the attachment or follow the link in the email, then don't bother.