Ipswich-based digital agency, SimpleClick is warning local businesses that COVID-19 has led to a surge of cyber-attacks, with phishing scams being one of the most prevalent forms of breaches.
Since the country has been on lockdown due to the coronavirus, there has been multiple phishing scams including the likes of a ‘Covid-19 tax refund’ email which appears to have been sent from HM Revenue and Customs, asking people to “access your funds now”.
These cyber-attacks can have a detrimental effect on businesses. Phishing scams can lead to businesses losing huge sums of money, while attacks such as data breaches could affect its customers, resulting in them losing confidence in the company and potentially never returning. If a data breach has occurred, it could also lead to costly fines under GDPR rules.
According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, almost half of UK businesses in the past 12 months have suffered a cyber-attack or security breach. In the last quarter of 2019 alone, two-thirds of businesses fell victim to evasive malware such as viruses and spyware etc., reported WatchGuard.
SimpleClick is urging businesses and individuals to have a cautious outlook when looking at emails, and advising if something seems a little off it is best to delete the email. The website and app developers are also recommending that all businesses delve into their online security measures and make sure everything is up to date.
An even more alarming scam circulating businesses is one that imitates an email from the managing director offering advice to their workforce. In response to this, it’s imperative that teams keep each other informed and communicate with IT departments when something looks suspicious.
These are short-term measures that can help to prevent cybersecurity issues within an organisation, but the most effective way is to remain vigilant to scam campaigns and invest in tailored programmes unknown to hackers.
Managing Director at SimpleClick, Richard Jennis, explains: “The majority of websites are built using well-known programs such as WordPress, Wix, and Joomla, which are fantastic when you want to build an online presence efficiently and economically. There are multiple security plugins and extensions available to you, but these need to be updated frequently, and most hackers have the ability to manipulate the code to their advantage.
“With a bespoke system, such as our content management system (CMS), Doddle, the coding used is unique to that website. This makes it a much less attractive target for hackers and spammers because the code isn’t readily available to download and explore.”
Businesses worried about their website security should get in touch with SimpleClick on firstname.lastname@example.org