There are almost two billion Apple devices in use around the world. All of those devices require an Apple ID to use the App Store, FaceTime, iCloud, iMessage, Apple Music and many other services. Even if you don’t have an Apple device, chances are you have an Apple ID to access certain Apple services. As a result, the number of Apple ID targets for hackers to attack is vast. Apple IDs are valuable to hackers because they contain volumes of personal data, including names, addresses, billing and shipping addresses, bank and credit card accounts, payment information, security settings and more. Adequate device security has never been more critical to protecting your small or midsized business’ data.
Phishing emails are the most popular method used by hackers to steal Apple IDs and can have devastating consequences for their small and midsized business targets. The FBI called business email compromise https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-scams-and-crimes/business-email-compromise “one of the most financially damaging online crimes.” Hackers design an Apple ID scam email to look like an official communication from Apple Inc. Here are some typical types of fake Apple emails:
There is no sure-fire way to avoid phishing, but it is worth your while to be extra cautious. When in doubt, don’t click or open anything attached to an email or text. Take your time. Cybercriminals continue to make the fakes more convincing than ever. Hover over a link and review the actual email address before clicking. Apple.com will not be sending you an email from another domain you don’t recognize. Some of the warning signs of fake Apple emails include:
With more and more remote-access work, statistics show that it is merely a matter of time before a small or midsized business is hit by cybercrime. All of your connected devices are at risk. Apple has made networking easy. But with convenience comes increased vulnerability. And as your business grows and adds more devices such as smart controls, wireless access and remote access, your network surface attack area for hackers grows, too. DIGIGUARD specializes in proactive cyber threat protection and has a wide array of solutions for small and midsized businesses. They are cyber security experts who can ensure your confidential data has the best protection possible. They can also train your employees in cyber security best practices. Many companies, bound by strict compliance and privacy laws, such as law firms, medical practices and those offering financial services, cannot risk data breaches and must apply additional data protection measures. For any business, cyberattacks can have devastating consequences. DIGIGUARD can assess your cyber risks and work with you to ensure you have the best network and data protection solution for your business.
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