How to avoid a phishing attack

12/07/2017 22:26

Don’t be Phished

On any one business day, on average, a user will face at least one risky email. With the first half of the year seeing ransomware appear so often in the mainstream media, it’s no wonder 65% of all ransomware attacks happen through phishing emails.


A recent study from America found that one of the main reasons end users fall for these type of scams and attacks is due to over confidence. Part is down to the wide-spread ‘it won’t happen to me’ approach, part is down to users so confidence their email security is running effectively, they feel safe and secure when they actually aren’t.


There are certain things users can do to become more effective at avoiding phishing emails. Below we have detailed some factors to consider.



What can you do?

There are things that you and your employees can do to avoid phishing attacks all together. These points act as a reminder of best practice, which can help to keep your business and its systems safe.


  1. It’s been said time and time again but be vigilant when clicking though on URL links in emails. Even if the email appears to come from a trusted source, always check the full path of the link. You can do these by hovering the mouse over the link.

  2. Don’t download plug-ins/apps from an email. Again, this isn’t new information to most, but a high number of phishing attacks still start from emails with fake downloads.

  3. Utilise company mobiles by implementing Two-Factor Authentication. This gives an extra layer of security which requires the usual username and password as well as an additional piece of information only the user knows. Many companies use forms of key fobs and card readers, but SMS is just as effective.


Additional to this, email security also plays a big part in the defence of phishing attacks that slip past the eye of the user.

Security software for emails needs to have the capability to scan a broad range of email attachment types, analyse them and block dangerous files or emails that are found before they reach your network.



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