Your Business Computers may be protected from Computer Viruses but it’s Phishing you really need to worry about. Anti-Virus programs (AVG, Nortons etc) DO NOT protect your business from “Phishing”.
But there is a solution.
No matter how up-to-date your virus protection or operating system (OS) is, it is normally human-error that gives scammers the information they need to empty your bank accounts, encrypt your data files, disrupt your business and steal your personal information.
Clicking on any links in emails such as the above, can fool staff members into giving their login and password details away or they can infect your browser or computer with malware that tracks the sites they visit and then captures the login and passwords used to access those site.
This practice is known as “Phishing”
Some email accounts offer better protection against malicious emails, spam, phishing and virus attachments than others.
Unfortunately FREE and ISP email accounts such as Outlook.com/Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, Bigpond, iiNet, Westnet etc. do not offer a great deal of protection from SPAM emails, phishing emails, emails containing viruses and Ransomware.
Microsoft Hosted Exchange mailboxes start from only $6.05 per mailbox per month. Not a lot of money to give you peace of mind.
In the past users have relied on 3rd party Anti-Virus programs to protect them from computer viruses which were being delivered as a malicious program/attachment to an email. And a whole industry of anti-virus software providers has blossomed.
Unfortunately, todays threats are mostly from emails trying to send users to fake websites where there is an attempt to capture your login details, password, credit-card, banking details or identity information such as DOB, Passport number, Drivers licence number and postal address. This is known as Phishing
Avast/AVG, Trend, Symantec, Mcafee, Microsoft etc all offer program or services that attempt to remove malicious links and malware from incoming emails.
Some are better than others and some are very complicated to setup and involve re-directing emails to servers that detect and remove malicious links and attachments before sending the cleaned mail back to the client.
The best available protection again Phishing is from Microsoft and is called “Advanced Threat Protection” or “ATP” and is available to anyone using the following Microsoft Hosted Exchange or Microsoft Office 365 Business or Enterprise subscription plans.
Exchange Online Plan 1, Exchange Online Plan 2, Exchange Online Kiosk, Exchange Online Protection, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Enterprise E2, Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E4, Office 365 Enterprise K1, Office 365 Enterprise K2, Office 365 Education.
Advanced Threat Protection” or “ATP” and is available to anyone using the above Microsoft Hosted Exchange or Microsoft Office 365 Business or Enterprise subscription plans and is an additional $3.08 per mailbox per month
Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection for Office 365.
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If your Office version does NOT contain a hosted mailbox, it can be added by purchasing the Exchange Online Plan 1 or upgrading Office to at least Office 365 Business Premium.
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