Phishing is a modern day fraudulent practice attempted through internet. The scammer disguises himself as a trustworthy entity from a reputable organization to persuade individuals to reveal their personal and sensitive information like usernames and passwords of internet banking, credit card details, etc. This kind of swindle is common not only with individuals but also with organizations. Cybercriminals send emails intended to get crucial information from an organization and later use this information to get access to sensitive data of the company. This is one of the main issues of concern for businesses today.
The main cause of organizations being so vulnerable to phishing is the absence of proper tools and system to avoid phishing. Organizations also fail to train employees about the importance of information security. Employees have various credentials and information that is crucial for the growth of the company. The cybercriminals gain access to this critical information and the otherwise protected company network through Phishing Prevention. This is enough to blow up the company legally as well as financially.
How Can You Prevent Phishing?
Prevention is better than cure and for sure, no organization wants to fall a prey to the cybercriminals. Hence, we bring to you the following ways to prevent yourself and your organization from a phishing attack.
Use of Anti-Phishing Software – Anti-phishing software protects your system against phishing emails, malwares, suspected sites, links, etc. Such software is especially designed to detect suspect emails and attachments from reaching their targets and neutralize them. Get in touch with our team at Preemo and know more about how such software works and helps your organization keep phishing at bay.
Anti-Phishing Toolbar – It is another layer of protection between the phishing technique and your system. An anti-phishing toolbar on your browser scans the sites that you are visiting and warns you of any suspected phishing site. Many popular browsers can be customized for anti-phishing toolbar free.
Keep Browser Updated – Phishers are continuously looking out for the security loopholes in your browsers and are ready to exploit them for their benefit. However, browsers too keep updating to prevent such cybercriminals. Hence, it is important for you to keep your browser updated to avoid phishing in your system.
Use Firewalls – A combination of a desktop firewall (software) and a network firewall (hardware) works wonders in stopping the entry of intruders in your system through the internet. However, this might seem costly and an overhead to install, it will prove its worth to you once installed.
Antivirus Software – Installing antivirus software not only protects you against phishing, but it checks every file entering into your computer, either through the internet or through the local network and USB. This software prevents the access of malicious files to your system. It is important to use the anti-spyware and firewall settings to prevent phishing attacks.
It is good for an organization to use the prescribed tools to safeguard its network from cybercriminals and hackers. However, no tool is perfect and the hackers keep looking for these cracks with a magnifying glass. There are cases when a phishing email or file might enter a full-proof system. In that case, the organization should be ready. In addition, for smaller organizations, it is more cost-effective to train its employees for the possible phishing attacks and hacking techniques. Below are some general guidelines that can be easily conveyed to the employees of an organization.
Do not share personal information and credentials – This is the first golden rule to prevent phishing. The organization must clearly explain to its employees about the risks, criticality and consequences of sharing sensitive information of the company that they hold. They should never send any email or fill any online form that has any crucial information.
One click might damage everything – It is safe to click any link on a trusted site. An organization must explicate its employees that clicking on a link in a random email or those appearing on untrustworthy sites and instant messages might lead them to a phishing site or get a malware downloaded. Thus, it is important to know whether the link is actually taking you to the site where it intends to or not by hovering the mouse over the link for a few seconds.
Check the URL – If a site’s URL begins with “https”, it is trustworthy and certain financial information can be shared. Such a secured site will also show a small closed lock icon near the address bar. However, if the URL is not “https”, it might be a phishing site and it is better not to share any personal information on this site.
How to check whether you are being scammed – There is always a significant difference between genuine and frauds. If one understands these small differences, it becomes very easy to point out the phishing attacks.
- Asking for personal information – Neither banks nor reputed organizations will ever ask you any personal information or credentials, in any case. Hence, if any email asks you of these things, it certainly is a phishing email.
- Urgent deadlines – Frauds always want to create urgency so that you do not get time to think clearly. So watch out if the email says that you are about to cross the deadline or have already crossed it.
- Too good to be true – Hackers trap you by making you greedy. If there is anything that seems too good to be true, it is a suspected email.
- Grammatical errors – Criminals do not pay much heed to the content. Hence, if there are any spelling or grammatical errors or if the content lacks proper flow, it might be a phishing site or email.
The best way to prevent your organization from phishing is to outsource anti-phishing services to an expert. Preemo can provide you the best possible solutions to your problems, while you can focus on your business without any concern about the hackers, cybercriminals or phishers.