Peak Global Management Japan Have Released A Statement On Scam Prevention
An alert has been issued by the Peak Global Management Japan head of cybersecurity for their global customers to be aware of a scam prevention system update that can help avert new threats to online safety. Operating from the Peak Global Management head office in Tokyo, the warning is in response to recent available updates to prevent online fraud and scams.
Global security experts recommend applying a risk-aware strategy to cybersecurity that will also benefit Peak Global Management clients based in Japan and internationally. A key part of this strategy is the implementation of regular updates to maintain the integrity of inbuilt security measures. Keeping your systems up to date with the latest updates is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your personal details, data, and finances are protected from online security threats.
Business and personal computers and devices usually have a default setting that will automatically provide updates to improve and update existing software to the safest version available. These updates enhance programs and applications for increased online security and provide protection from financial, data and personal identity data breaches.
The frequency of automatic updates varies, depending on the software you have installed. But there are manual processes you can execute to boost the reliability of your security systems. This includes updating the software and apps on all of your electronic devices like mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. Leaving devices with outdated software can be an open invitation for cybercriminals to target you with a scam or other fraudulent activity.
The good news is that software developers actively work to identify these risks and will issue timely updates and patches to provide protection from new cybersecurity threats. Regularly updating your systems has the added benefit of improving the functionality of installed systems and applications. Make sure you have selected automatic update features for your operating systems, software applications, and across all your networks:
- Make sure you turn on automatic updates for operating systems like Microsoft Windows, Google Chrome, and Android Open Source.
- If automatic updates are unavailable due to issues with Wi-Fi connectivity, battery issues, or a lack of storage space address the problem and then install updates asap.
- To avoid disruption to the running of your business or personal I.T. needs you can schedule the updates for a convenient time.
- Make sure that automatic updates are switched on for all of your anti-virus software.
- Consider upgrading out of date hardware and software, as some upgrades will not be supported by old devices or software.
Backing up your data on a regular basis is another way to protect yourself from the damage that can be caused by an online scam, fraud, or malicious software attack. Turn on any automatic backup functions across your systems. Make sure all your apps are kept updated, and that all your virus protection software is up to date. Update all software across all devices regularly. Intermittently backing up all your data on a removable back up storage device that you store offsite is also a good idea.
Even with automatic scam prevention updates in place, it’s prudent to always practice vigilance in your online interactions. Two of the major red flags you need to look out for:
Be wary of attachments from an unknown source. Note that scammers are skilled in the art of disguise, so they may be able to send you an email that “looks” as though it has been sent by a company that you already do business with or are familiar with. If in doubt, double-check the I.P. address of the sender. Often the address will be only slightly different from that of your genuine contact. Depending on the purpose of the scam – whether it is to illicit money, data, or release a computer virus – an attachment can be used as a way to gain access to valuable information that can be used against you.
Updates from an unknown source
Depending on the malware you have installed on your system, you may be prompted by an external source to install or click on a system update. Cybercriminals can exploit user fear of falling susceptible to online cybersecurity threats. They may disguise malicious software to appear as though it has been sent from a valid malware provider. Install the best malware available and check the settings so that any downloads are automatically screened before opening.
Peak Global Management would like to remind its clients to never share passwords or confidential information. Do not comply with unsolicited requests for information, money, or any other personal data. If you are approached by anyone seeking this type of information, please report it to your local authority immediately. If in doubt, you can get in touch by contacting the Peak Global Management headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.