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5 Easy Ways You Can Stay Phishing-Proof

The number of phishing attacks in the last few years has significantly increased. As a result, phishing has now become a widespread problem. It is now a threat to organizations as well as individuals. To protect web users and organizations from phishing attacks, it’s important for people to be first aware of the phishing attacks.

The last thing that you want is letting cybercriminals steal your identity to use it to commit fraud. This is what phishing is. Here are easy ways you can protect your business from phishing attacks.

Always Be Sensible

If you are smart and sensible whenever you are browsing, you will reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of phishing attack. Keeping this in mind, always avoid clicking links, open attachments or download files, even if these files or links appear to be from a trusted source that you know. Avoid clicking links on your email that will lead you to another website. Only do this if you are absolutely sure that the email and the link is absolutely authentic.

Avoid Shortened Links

Always pay close attention to links that appear shortened, especially if you come across them in social media. This is because cybercriminals often use these shortened links to trick users into thinking that they are clicking a legitimate link. When you click the links you may be directed to fake sites.

Authenticate Suspicious Emails

It is very easy to identify a phishing email. These emails are usually punctuated with plenty of words in capitals, typos, and even exclamation marks. The emails may also feature content that are implausible. Most of the time cybercriminals make these mistakes intentionally when they want to get past spam filters or improve responses.

Be Wary of Urgent Deadlines

Most of the time, threats and urgency are a sign of phishing. So if you receive an email from a company that claims to be legit and is asking you to do something urgently, then you should be wary. You may be asked to pay a fine or do something so that your account doesn’t get closed. The best thing to do is to ignore the threats and contact the company through a channel that you trust.

Browse Securely

Always ensure that you are browsing on a secure website. A website that is secured is usually indicated by a “https://” followed by a security “lock” symbol in the address bar of the browser. You should also avoid using public Wi-Fi when performing online banking transactions or shopping.…