Phishing is a significant threat to email security. Attacks target business organizations and individuals to inflict substantial financial damages. And since phishing attempts have risen 65% over the last year, protection against phishing is crucial for safe email communication.
That's why it's worth taking a closer look at some professional 6 tips that can help you prevent phishing scams and improve your email security.
1. Inspect Linked Elements in Emails
A lot of phishing scams rely on external site links to deceive recipients into opening websites that distribute malware. The email might seem like it is coming from a trusted source, but it is always important to inspect the link before clicking it.
Hover over the link and check if it matches the redirecting URL. However, if the link is shortened or too long, avoid clicking all together in case it is coming from an untrusted source. Remember that neither people nor organizations generally send short or lengthy links, and instead use hyperlinked text in emails.
2. Avoid Giving Out Personal Information
Never give out personal information over an email from a suspicious source. An email that requires personal information is a definite phishing red flag. In general, companies rarely ask for personal information when they reach out to someone, and even if they do, it’s usually after a lengthy communication initiated by the customer.
Usually, an email would redirect you to a contact form to acquire personal information from you. But even then, it’s better to contact the company from the official website and find out exactly why someone needs it in the first place.
3. Update Your Browser Regularly
Commonly used browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera regularly release security patches to safeguard against new phishing scams tactics. These patches fix overlooked openings in security which might be exploited by phishers. To increase protection against phishing scams, always download and install these updates as they become available.
4. Have Active Firewalls In Place
Firewalls are the first defensive line that protects system security between your computer and third-party intruders. There are two types of firewalls. Having both high-quality firewall software and hardware in place on your desktop and network ensures maximum safety against phishing attacks.
5. Use Antivirus Software
Antivirus software has digital signatures in place that protect your technology against various cracks in security. It’s important to keep your antivirus on at all time and update the software regularly.
To increase security, customize the advanced options and adjust them for increased protection. Set the firewall and anti-spyware options to high, and enable scanning of email attachments. If you receive a suspicious email, run a scan of the attachment, and perform a complete systems check after you have downloaded the file to ensure maximum protection.
6. Use Advanced Email Security Services
Advanced email security services on top of existing email infrastructure are the number one protection against phishing. Service providers use high-performance systems to monitor, detect and alert users of possible threats to email security.
AnubisNetworks is an email security service provider that offers mail protection service for enterprises and service providers. Our secure software tracks and scans inbound/outbound emails in real time to protect you from phishing attacks and other threats to ensure complete safety of all your online communication.
Author: Carla Barata
Marketing Manager at AnubisNetworks. Carla possesses an extensive experience in marketing, public relations, social media and events in the IT sector. But most important, she is an evangelist of Email Security solutions at AnubisNetworks. She likes "bringing the good news" and help companies to stay safe against the most recent and advanced cyber threats.