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Don’t go on a Phishing Trip:5 tips to protect from phishing email
Posted: Feb 06, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 Minutes
Every day across the world, about 269 billion emails are sent from an estimated 3.7 billion people — and one in every 2,000 of these emails is a phishing email. Phishing emails are attempts to gain somebody’s personal information by tricking the email receiver into sending confidential information to the email sender in the belief that they are dealing with somebody they know or trust. This can lead to one or many employees losing access to personal valuable information, from home addresses to social security numbers. In 2019, 88% of organizations worldwide experienced phishing attempts, and 96% of phishing attacks arrived by email.
While we may not be able to stop hackers directly from sending out phishing emails, here are 5 tips to protect you and your company from their devastating outcomes.
1. Watch out for certain subject line keywords. Many phishing emails targeting businesses use similar subject line keywords to grab the attention of the receiver. Look at the subject line of emails carefully for keywords that evoke insistence such as “attention,” “important,” “urgent,” “request,” or “payment.”
2. Be wary when clicking links. Unless you’re entirely sure that the email sender is authentic, leave links alone and instead manually type the link URL into the address bar of a new browser window. And watch out for shortened links – cyber criminals often shorten links to trick receivers into clicking a legitimate link.
3. Watch out for typos or poor grammar.Legitimate emails from companies will usually contain perfect syntax and grammar. Oftentimes you may find a misspelling or two if an email is from an illegitimate source trying to seem like the real deal.
4. Don’t trust any email asking for personal or confidential information. Legitimate organizations will never request sensitive information via email.
5. Browse safely. Always use a secure website to browse. Secure site URLS will begin with “https://” as opposed to “http://”. Never use public or unsecured Wi-Fi for entering important personal or company information online.
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