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Top Ways To Protect From Email Phishing Scams

TOP 20 WAYS TO PROTECT FROM EMAIL PHISHING SCAM

We all know we should not click on suspicious or sketchy mail, yet we do! Phishing scams work in a simple way but getting you to click on a link or downloading an attachment which would enter into your system set up malware or it might even take you to another webpage which does not look fishy but it makes steal all your sensitive information.

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What does an email phishing scam mean?

Email phishing scams are one of the most common types of security threats these days. Hackers usually target organizations or individuals by sending them emails that may look very credible and from authentic sources like banks, government offices, clients,s or even managers of the same organizations. Basically, the sender of the mail traps the receiver into clicking on malicious links and then even make them confirm their sensitive and personal information. People fall into traps of those mails thinking them to be genuine because of the name of senders or the attractive content and then lose important information.

Top 20 ways to protect Organisations from Email Phishing Scam

Due to the lockdown, work from home has increased and therefore, chances of getting trapped in these email phishing scams have also increased. Cybercriminals are attacking every day by sending around 18 million ransomware or phishing emails. Spamming has also increased in the email world. Almost 240 million spam emails are being sent on a daily basis containing Covid-19 information. Hackers mostly feed upon the fear or provide attractive financial benefits to people to get them to click on the mails. Working from home has its pros and cons and cybersecurity has become one of the biggest Cons. It is important that people should be aware of the ways to prevent email phishing scams,  some of them are as follows:

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  1. Educating and training the employees of the organization regarding cybersecurity with simulated phishing attacks giving them practical exposure.
  2. Implementing a tool that can verify emails like the Phishing Response tool to validate the emails from known/unknown senders but look suspicious.
  3. Any email asking for personal information should be dealt with carefully. Never reply to such emails immediately or without confirmation.
  4. It is always better to validate the sender’s email id before proceeding further with the email
  5. Always avoid emails with very long links or no text in the body of the email.
  6. Often phishing emails contain grammatical errors or wrong spelling, one should be aware of this and keep this in mind at all times.
  7. Get unsolicited emails verified by the IT department of the organization before responding.
  8. Keep all email authentication protocols in places like DMARCDKIM, and SPF to prevent domain forgery.
  9. Beware of Unexpected email attachments or suspicious mail links
  10. Encrypting your emails can be very beneficial in keeping all sensitive information secure.
  11. Take a good look at the URLs attached in the email body that can take you to another website with suspicious Landing pages.
  12. Emails sent at odd hours with irrelevant subject lines having suspicious domain names should never be replied back
  13. Always check whether the link attached in the mail is beginning with ‘HTTP or not because otherwise, it may not be safe to open.
  14. One must always protect their accounts by a multi-layer authentication process for logging in.
  15. Beware of unsolicited emails with pop-ups or login forms asking for your account login credentials.
  16. Always keep a backup for your data to be on the safer side!
  17. Emails claiming to benefit you with financial incentives are usually fraud so, should not be trusted at all.
  18. Check for the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate if there is any URL to be clicked on
  19. Keeping your systems and software updated with the best security patches can avoid any vulnerability.
  20. Lastly, Always stay aware and alert!

 

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