How To Prevent Phishing & Spam Email
Spam mail can be difficult to avoid, but individuals and businesses can reduce the chances of falling victim. Some best practices to prevent phishing and spam emails include:
1. Keep up to date about phishing techniques
News about phishing emails is being developed all the time. You could accidentally fall prey to one without staying up to date with these new. You will be at lower risk of getting trapped by reading news about new phishing scams. For IT administrators, simulated phishing for all users, and ongoing security awareness program is highly recommended in keeping email & spam security top of mind throughout the organization.
2. Avoid clicking on unknown links
Clicking on links that appear in instant messages or random emails isn’t such a smart move. Hackers can trick you into clicking on links that redirect you to fake sites that look exactly like the real website and capture all your sensitive information. When in doubt of any link, go directly to the source rather than clicking a potentially dangerous link.
3. Install an anti-phishing toolbar
Anti-phishing tools provide a regularly updated database of known phishing domains. This tools quick checks on the sites that you are visiting and compare them to lists of known phishing sites. Anti-phishing tools will show you a warning sign about potential security threat every time you try to navigate to a registered domain.
4. Verify the site’s security
You shouldn’t run into any trouble of supplying sensitive information online as long as you are on a secure website. Make sure the site you visit URL starts with “https” before submitting any information, and there should be a lock icon near the address. You also need to check for the site’s security certificate and do not open the website if you receive a message stating a specific website may contain malicious files.
5. Be wary of pop-ups
Pop-ups can easily capture personal information and send to a different domain to the one showing up in your browser toolbar. Some hacker may even trick you into canceling pop-ups, don’t click on the “cancel” button instead, click the “x” icon in the upper corner of the window because such buttons can lead to phishing sites.
6. Use firewalls
Firewalls act as a defense between you, outside intruders and your computer. You should use two types of firewalls: a hardware firewall and a software firewall. When used together, they reduce the odds of phishers and hackers infiltrating your computer or your network.
7. Install antivirus software
Antivirus prevents your device from becoming host to viruses that may expose sensitive information on your computer. Therefore, you must install this software to prevent the virus from arriving on your company’s computers. It is better for those antiviruses to have an Email-scanning feature to provide more complex phishing defense.