Every company is exposed daily to email spam and phishing scams that allow hackers to spread your trade secrets, sensitive customer data over the internet or deny employees access to their own documents.  Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and attacks with realistic-looking emails have become more common.

These attacks are avoidable - but it also requires determination on your part.

Appropriately trained employees who are aware of the dangers of phishing can act as a "human firewall" to defend against these threats. By educating them and reminding them again and again how dangerous it is to click on the wrong things, you can successfully fend off scam and phishing attacks

Tips - what you can do:

Be careful with links in emails and attachments. If links or attachments have no context to what is written in the email, do not open links or attachments.

Check the email address of the sender. Even if the sender's name displayed is correct, look closely at the actual email address. Fraudsters often use names that look familiar to you, such as "Paul Muster", but the name hides a false email address. You can usually recognise this quite quickly by very cryptic and long email addresses such as: "psdfnnsdngjfksj392671@org.ch".

If the tone in an email seems strangely different to you, but the email address looks right at first glance, take another closer look. Sometimes email addresses look almost the same as the original email address and only differ by one letter.

If you are not sure whether an e-mail was sent by the person you know, it is best to ask her/him. To do this, DO NOT click on "Reply" when you receive an e-mail, but write a new e-mail and use the e-mail address you are sure you know or call him/her briefly.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and cooperation over the past weeks. Thanks to your information, we were able to react quickly and achieve success in defending ourselves against harmful e-mails and phishing requests.