Don't Take the Bait: How to Avoid Phishing

Posted on 10/09/2019

Thankfully, phishing attacks are preventable, as nearly all email attacks require the recipient to physically click on a link or open an attachment. Cybersecurity provider Proofpoint’s ‘2019 Human Factor’ report states 99 percent of all cyberattacks relied on human interaction to execute. You can avoid becoming a victim through your actions—don’t click on a link or open an attachment in a phishing email. Here are some red flags to help you detect phishing scams:

• The sender is someone you don’t ordinarily communicate with • You don’t recognize any of the other recipients of the email

• The email concerns something outside of your job responsibilities

• The message within the email is vague

• It contains an attachment you didn’t request or weren’t expecting

• The domain of the sender’s email address has typos (for example, @amazorn.com)

• Hovering over a hyperlink with your mouse reveals a website unrelated to the sender

• The hyperlink contains a misspelling of a known website (for example, @droppbox.com)

• It requests you provide personally identifiable information or account numbers and passwords

While you can educate yourself and your employees about how to detect phishing emails, people make mistakes. We receive a lot of emails each week…it’s easy to let your guard down. Therefore, the best way to protect yourself from phishing scams is through technology. Spam filters, internet browser settings, multi-factor authentication, data backups, and regularly updated security software eliminate the human element and provide much-needed layers of protection against phishing scams.

Let the team at KDI help you with cybersecurity and prevent a phishing attack. Contact us today!

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