Prime Telecommunications Shares 3 Best Practices for Thwarting Phishing Attacks
Leading Provider in Managed Technology Services Teaches Cyber Security Prevention Measures
"The overwhelming majority of security breaches caused by phishing are completely avoidable," stated VicLevinson, President of Prime Telecommunications. "While cybercriminals have grown more sophisticated in their approach, the average attack consists of the same key ingredients:
The first sign to look for is the sender's name in the "From" field of the email. Cybercriminals often use misspelled email addresses, such as JohnnyStealyastuff@
The next step for employees is to hover their mouse over links, instead of clicking them without thinking about it. Lots of hackers use very long links or they hope that the recipient will just click on the link right away instead of previewing the destination by hovering above and making sure that the domains match where they expect to be directed. If the preview link looks suspicious, that's probably because it isn't a legitimate offer. We recommend deleting these types of emails.
The final step for employees is to look in the footer. One of the current laws around email marketing requires senders to leave a physical address within the footer of the email. This is often left-out by cybercriminals and is a very easy way to tell if the email is a phishing attempt. Furthermore, there should also be an "Unsubscribe"
By simply addressing these three initial steps, SMBs can avoid the vast majority of cyberattacks coming at their business. They are some of the simplest, yet most effective ways at minimizing risk within an organization. "If all organizations were even this educated about cyberattacks, we would see a dramatic drop in incidients,"
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