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How to Protect Against Email Phishing (and Why You Should Care as a Remote Worker)

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There’s nothing more important in today’s age than to know how to make the most out of your cybersecurity. As a remote worker, it’s crucial to know what to look for to make sure you don’t fall victim to a scam like phishing. 

What Is Phishing?

Phishing is a form of cybercrime in which a malevolent party contacts another party or parties via phone call, email, text message, or even a fraudulent website. They pose as a party you might trust like your bank, credit card company, or even federal agency. 

They lean on these borrowed credentials to earn your trust and try to learn sensitive information from you. For example, they may pose as a bank asking you to confirm your card or account number.

Why Do You Need to Protect Yourself Against Phishing?

You need to know how to protect yourself from phishing because otherwise, you run the risk of accidentally exposing your private information to parties that will use it to your disadvantage. 

For instance, if someone gets ahold of your card information, they can use that to spend money on your behalf, draining your personal funds. 

You even run the risk of hefty threats such as identity theft. All in all, it’s absolutely crucial to learn how to protect yourself from such prevalent risk in the modern era. 

For businesses you also have the added risk that you’ll accidentally leak sensitive information about customers and clients which (other than the obvious) can mean you’re fined!

How Do You Do This?

There are plenty of ways to avoid phishing scams, many of which are discussed in our Udemy course. There are basic concepts such as: 

  • Paying attention to the email addresses you’re receiving mail from and hovering over a URL to reveal it before you click it.
  • Above all, beware of emails with an intense sense of urgency, poor spelling and grammar, or are overly threatening. 
  • Remember: if something sounds to good to be true it probably is!

Learning How to Protect Yourself with Our Anti-Phishing Course

In this course, you’ll learn the best practices for email security both in the office and while you work from home. It’s a great resource for remote workers as well as managers who want to take the skills they’ve learned and teach their own employees the importance of standing strong against email phishing scams!

Even better, the course offers a plethora of demonstrations and free support to make sure you can carry these skills with you as best as possible in the future. 

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