21 December 2020.

It’s easy to dismiss the threat from cybercriminals when you make your livelihood from the land.

However, you’re running a business, and Christmas is the feasting season for cybercriminals.

Recently, an AgForce member got caught out after they transferred a hefty sum of cash into what they thought was the correct bank account at the top of an invoice. Turned out some crafty cybercrims had intercepted the online transaction and switched a few numbers around, resulting in a huge windfall.

Allied Beef also recently sent emails to customers warning them that they had:

…become aware of increased cybersecurity breaches relating to invoicing and payment advices from companies.

Please note that should you receive any correspondence from us (or which looks to be from Allied Beef Cattle, Allied Markets and Allied Farms) updating bank details or payment arrangements, please disregard. We have not, and do not anticipate making any changes to our banking details or payment terms.

To help ensure your holiday season goes off without a hitch, follow these tips to help stay secure.

Block all robocalls – forever

Downloading Robokiller will stop robocalls before you even pick up. The app’s block list is constantly updating, so you’re always protected. Let all other unknown calls go to voicemail and never share personal details over the phone.

Go directly to the source

Be wary of emails or texts claiming to be from companies or charities with unusual requests or messages. Instead of clicking on a link within the email or text message, it’s best to go straight to the company’s website or contact customer service.

Hover over links to verify the URL

If someone sends you an email with a link, hover over the link without actually clicking on it. This will allow you to see a ‘link preview’. If the URL looks suspicious, don’t click on it – delete the email instead.

Use a comprehensive security solution

Use virus security protection to provide safe web browsing, virus protection, and more.

Your farming business is your bread and butter. Don’t risk losing out by taking chances online. If in doubt about the authenticity of a message, text, or email – delete it.