Social engineering attacks refer to internet security attacks that attempt to manipulate users through human interactions. If you believe you have been the victim of such an attack, it is important to seek assistance from an IT service company as soon as possible. Below are a few of the best ways to prevent a social engineering attack.
1. Set High Spam Filters
One of the best ways to protect yourself is by setting your spam filters as high as you can. Most email software has spam filters, and you can customize them in your settings. Good spam filters allow you to build a blacklist of internet protocol addresses or sender IDS as well as detect questionable links or files. You can also seek assistance from IT service companies in setting these up.
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2. Secure Devices
Some attacks come from unlikely sources like social media. With over 3 billion social network users in the world, according to ECPI university, this allows another avenue for security risks. With anti-virus programs, firewalls, or VPN software, you can add further security. IT companies can offer assistance or suggestions for the best software to use. Managed IT services can also catch threats that these software options may fail to pick up.
3. Use Multi-factor Authentication
Multi-factor authentication is a newer form of security that has become increasingly relevant as cybercriminals have gained new ways to take advantage of data breaches. In most data breaches, sensitive and confidential information is accessed by those without permission to access it. By enabling multiple levels of authentication to access an account or information, you are strengthening your device security.
4. Stay Wary of Suspicious Email Requests
While a high spam filter should catch most suspicious emails, some might manage to sneak into your inbox. Make sure to be wary of emails requesting help or offering help to you even though you have not requested any help from the sender. This especially applies to emails requesting personal information, passwords, or other possibly sensitive information. An IT service company can include advanced email filtering in its security package.
Internet security is constantly changing, and it is important to change with it. These are a few of the ways you can increase your security and protect yourself from social engineering attacks. Contact American Technology Specialists today, we are happy to provide quality IT services for you or your business.