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Jill Headford

Posted 11 October 2016
by Jill Headford

How to detect a phishing email



 

Phishing is a problem faced by all businesses with an online presence. It is a particularly sneaky form of fraud in which criminals try to obtain sensitive information from businesses (and individuals) – such as usernames, passwords and bank account details – via electronic communication, usually email.

Phishing can be difficult to identify with an untrained eye.  Often emails are received which appear to be sent by legitimate organisations but which – if opened – can instantly install malware (malicious software) on the receiving computer (and network!) and be used to gain access to (steal!) the desired information.

Data Protection laws make organisations responsible for the personal data they hold about individuals and data held about other organisations may well be confidential.  So it is not only theft of your own information you need to worry about.

To help protect yourself (and those whose data you hold) against phishing, do take a moment to read through our quick guide:

 

 

 

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About the author

Jill Headford

Jill Headford

Partner

A partner in the firm since 1994 and an experienced Court and Tribunal advocate, Jill specialises in resolving disputes and is a member of the Property Litigation Association