Don't let online spammers into your business
(NC)—Electronic devices, including cellphones, smartphones, tablets or computers, offer a gateway for fraudulent activity. Spam and other electronic threats such as spyware, phishing and malware can both reduce your firm's productivity and lead to data breaches. Your business' reputation is at stake if information about your clients, customers or your organization is compromised or leaked.
Canada's new anti-spam law is designed to give business owners and consumers more confidence in the electronic marketplace. Not all threats will be eliminated, however, and businesses and individuals still need to take actions to protect themselves.
Go to www.fightspam.gc.ca, and take a look at the infographic: Worried It's Spam? 5 Things To Look For. Share this with your employees, and be warned if one or more of these five features are contained in the electronic messages your company receives:
• It asks for sensitive information: Legitimate banks and companies will never ask for personal or financial information in an electronic message.
• It impersonates a company or a person you know: Many criminals try to fake the appearance of well-known companies or people that you deal with frequently. Look for the warning signs in this list, even from senders you think you recognize.
• It uses scare tactics: They may threaten to delete your account if you do not respond.
• It asks for money in advance: Do not send money to anyone you do not know and trust.
• It seems too good to be true: Beware of messages offering unexpected cash gifts and prizes, such as “You'vewon a trip!”
More information and tools are available online at www.fightspam.gc.ca.
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