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  • Internet scams, Cyber Security and Email

    Internet scams and cyber attacks are not new news to us, we’ve all heard about them, wondered how people have fallen into the trap and I’m sure we have through about our own security measures in the event that it happened to you!  Would you be prepared?

    Recent spam emails we have seen circulating have been perceived to be sent from the NZ Companies Office, the IRD and Xero.

    Cyber attacks are also happening in New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty, in Te Puke. 

    Internet fraud, spam and scams can affect anyone at any time. Being aware of what to look for and knowing what to do is important to protect your business, you and your family.  Common scams sent by spam email include: get rich schemes; Nigerian fee scams; prize notifications, internet auction scams and Phishing attacks using ‘spoof’ emails and fraudulent websites designed to obtain personal financial information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, bank and other account usernames and passwords.

    Recent spam emails we have seen circulating have been perceived to be sent from the NZ Companies Office, the IRD and Xero.

    Cyber attacks are also happening in New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty, in Te Puke.  If a cyber threat affected your business it would bring with it immediate and often devastating consequences, the effects will vary depending on the event you're faced with, but in all cases a cyber event can have a major impact on your business. The financial losses can be significant and for many small businesses the losses can be hard to sustain. It can take weeks to recover data or find the cause of a breach, you may lose revenue if you can't trade and have to carry the cost of losing important files or intellectual property. Your business' reputation can also be damaged, particularly if customer records are compromised, and this can have a long term impact.

    What can you do to protect your business online?  Be aware if you consider anything suspicious, investigate suspicious emails, ensure you have workplace policies in place that deal with sensitive or confidential information and remote access,  always use secure web pages and software, use smart passwords, keep passwords secure and change them frequently, protect sensitive data from employees, update anti virus software and BACK UP your data and systems daily or weekly.

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