Protection starts with knowing what’s out there. According to Webroot research, ongoing security awareness training can help reduce breaches by nearly 70%!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid getting phished:
1. Never click on links from unknown senders or if any detail about the exchange arouse suspicion.
2. Whenever possible, hover over links to ensure the destination matches your expectation. This won’t work on mobile or if short codes are used, so be extra wary on mobile devices.
3. If you suspect an email is a phishing attempt, double-check the sender name, specificity of the salutation, and a footer for a physical address and unsubscribe button. When in doubt, delete.
4. If you’re unsure if a communication is legitimate, contact the brand or service via another channel (website, call customer service line, etc.)
5. Avoid entering personally identifiable information unless you are extremely confident in the identity of the party you are communicating with. 6. Watch for misspelled words, proper names, or URLs from .uk, .au, or other foreign web addresses.
While staying vigilant will keep most attackers at bay, no one is 100% secure on their own. After all, phishing only exists today because it works. This is why it’s important to combine security awareness training with quality business endpoint protection; threat intelligence, cloud-based updates, and real-time anti-phishing, DNS protection, and reliable data backup.
*Borrowed in part from the open text company.
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