Keep your company safe from phishing


Businesses face new risks with the increase in digitisation. The most common form of internet crime in companies is phishing. How can you protect your company?

1. What is phishing?

Phishing is when fraudsters try and get hold of confidential data such as a user name, password or PIN code, often of your online banking or credit card. The phisher uses an e-mail that resembles a message from your bank. This e-mail aims to convince you to click on a link to a fake website. If you fall for this scam, the phisher will plunder your accounts.


2. Are you at considerable risk?

Company contact details are easy to find, making them an easy target for internet criminals. The most common form of internet crime is phishing: one in five companies already claims to have been the victim of internet fraud, according to research carried out by UNIZO.


3. How to recognise phishing?

A fraudulent e-mail is often written in poor Dutch or contains spelling mistakes. It is rare for it to address you by name, a general address like 'Dear customer' is more likely. The message will report that your account is blocked or that there is a security issue. The fraudster then goes on to report that this problem can only be resolved by clicking on a link in the e-mail. Often a strong warning is given, threatening severe consequences for not following these instructions.


4. How to avoid being caught out?

It is important that all staff members in your company be aware of phishing. Make sure that they recognise fraudulent e-mails and that they tell you if they have received one. You should ask them to always avoid clicking on links or attachments in suspicious mails. They should never be allowed to pass on confidential information by e-mail or telephone. Unexpected calls, which are supposedly from the bank, should also to be mistrusted. If there is any doubt get in touch with the bank yourself to ensure that you are dealing with a genuine bank employee.


Use the spam filter on your e-mail account, so that phishing e-mails no longer end up in your mailbox. This reduces the chance of being caught out by phishing.

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