Email is a fast and convenient way to receive communications – but it’s also a common way for cybercriminals to target people with scams, phishing or malware.
Take a few seconds to think about whether an email or attachment seems genuine before you click on it.
Think before you click
Your bank will never send you an email asking for your online banking details
Don’t open an attachment if you can’t verify who sent it to you
Cybercriminals often use a company’s name and logo — contact the company by phone if you suspect the email is a scam
Follow your instincts
Your anti-virus software may be able to scan an attachment for viruses or spyware
Check the details
Phishing emails may contain bad spelling and grammar or come from a peculiar email address
Only click on links if you recognise and trust the web address it will take you to
Email security checklist
- Make sure your firewall and security software are running the latest updates, and ensure your operating system is up-to-date with the latest patches.
- Check if spam filtering is activated on your email account.
- Consider setting up a separate email address for mailing lists,online shopping and marketing emails.
- Turn off the `automatic download' function in your email settings to ensure malicious attachments aren't infiltrating your machine without your knowledge.
For more information on Cyber Security, talk to your Adviser.
This information has been prepared by Colonial First State Investments Limited ABN 98 002 348 352, AFS Licence 232468 (Colonial First State), and is the issuer of super, pension and investment products. This information is based on Colonial First State’s understanding of current regulatory requirements and laws as at January 2018. This document is not advice and provides information only. It does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. You should read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) carefully and assess whether the information is appropriate for you and consider talking to a financial adviser before making an investment decision. A PDS for Colonial First State’s products are available at colonialfirststate.com.au or by calling us on 13 13 36.