How to Stop Phishing Emails?

Oct. 14, 2020

1:00-2:00AM PST

Phishing is a common cyberattack that perpetrators use to breach a victim’s account and steal their personal information, such as bank account number, social security number, PINs, passwords, and credit card numbers. Phishing happens mostly through digital ads, emails, or websites that look similar to the trusted sources. A recent survey in Security Magazine found that phishing threats have increased substantially in 2020. The research showed that 38% of respondents were aware of a coworker who succumbed to an attack, exposing their companies’ systems and data to malicious intrusions. Perpetrators imitate the US Government, the World Health Organization, and even hand sanitizer companies to trick victims. 

Companies, however, can protect themselves from phishing attacks. Several tools are available to safeguard users’ data. Trustifi is the industry leader in improving businesses’ security, saving them money and saving I/T administrators’ time.

If a firm is the target of phishing attacks, the leaders at Trustifi recommend using the following methods to reduce and thwart phishing emails.

Provide Employee Training

Studies show that 23% of employees open phishing emails, and 11% of them click on the attachments included in those messages. This means a fourth of the company’s staff is putting the entire business at risk. Organizations can mitigate the situation by implementing regular employee training. When workers are educated about phishing emails, companies can dodge the number of security breaks. Moreover, trained workers can alert the other employees when they detect a phishing attack.

Think Before Clicking Any Link in Email

Attackers trick users by creating emails that look realistic. So, even when employees take proper security measures according to their training, they still can be tricked into clicking the authentic-looking phishing email in their inbox. Hence, it is important to stay dubious even if the email seems to be genuine.

Before clicking any link, no matter how authentic the message looks and how trusted the source, employees should look closely at the URL and see if it is exactly the one they expect. PC and laptop users can hover the mouse cursor over the link and view the URL in the bottom left corner of the browser window. Mobile and tablet users can touch and hold the link with a finger to see the URL.

Require Strong Password Security

The increased number of hacks, security breaks, and phishing attacks should be enough to alert anyone to the need for password security. But, unfortunately, many employees don’t take passwords seriously and don’t update their passwords regularly. If businesses want to stop phishing attacks, they should keep their company’s password security as a top priority.

The most used passwords in 2020 were 123456, 123456789, and picture1. Other popular passwords include “password”, QWERTY, Million2, abc123, pokemon, Iloveyou, dragon, chatbooks, omgpop, and princess. For companies that allow workers to choose their passwords without oversight, it is quite possible that at least a few of the above-mentioned passwords are protecting their database. Hence, businesses should educate their workers about the risks of using these common passwords.

Exercise Network Security

With the vast number of phishing scams aimed at small corporations, it is vital for organizations to continuously exercise the best network security measures to lessen the danger of being targeted. Network security decreases the negative outcomes of cyberattacks. Network security ensures that a business’s database remains safe and secure while also making sure their clients enter only protected digital portals.

Network security can be increased by the following measures:

  • Activating web content filters.
  • Installing antivirus software and firewalls.
  • Backing up the data frequently.
  • Employing the combination of local device storage and cloud-based storage.
  • Setting passwords on all programs, tools, and devices.

Besides stopping phishing emails, network security can avert malware, data breaches, denial of service attacks, hacking, and more.

Choose Trustifi

Keeping a close eye on phishing attacks and managing everything from top to bottom could be a headache for a business, especially if they aren’t tech-savvy. However, with Trustifi’s secure email services, they can have  peace of mind. Trustifi protects the consumer from phishing attacks by detecting phishing emails and preventing them from entering the user’s inbox. When a company relies on Trustifi to watch their back, they can focus confidently on their core business operations. Contact a Trustifi representative today to learn about how powerful yet affordable protection can be.

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