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How To Protect Your Business From Phishing Attacks

 

Businesses face phishing attacks on a regular basis. When unprepared for luring emails, companies lose sensitive information to hackers. Cyber criminals gain access to business passwords and even customer credit card information via phishing emails. When companies lose this information, their reputations are put at risk. Fortunately, business owners can keep their sensitive information secure even as the cybercrime rates rise. Learn how to protect your business from phishing attacks by reading this post. 

 

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

One of the best methods for protecting your business against phishing attacks involves enabling two-factor authentication. This process requires you to establish two forms of login verification. The first is the most popular form. It includes a username and a strong password. On top of that, establish a second verification method. This second form involves a secret code. Hackers can easily guess passwords, but they usually struggle to guess two-factor authentication codes. Require all of your employees to use these codes when they log into their business email accounts. Use this strategy to protect your business from phishing attacks.

 

Teach Your Team To Identify Scams

Another effective method for preventing phishing attacks entails teaching your team to identify scams. Most businesses face phishing threats because their employees are unaware of what a scam email looks like. They fall victim to phishing emails and put their company's information at risk. Teach your employees about the main warning signs. Explain that they should avoid clicking on attachments in unsolicited emails. Tell your team to watch out for emails from banks and other financial institutions as well. Another common warning sign is a sense of urgency. When an email states that you need to take action fast, it is usually a scam. Go over these most common warning signs to increase your company's phishing security. 

 

Conduct Mock Phishing Attack Drills

Additionally, conduct mock phishing attack drills to prepare for real attacks. Monitor these drills in the back end of your systems. You can see when your employees fall victim to your fake phishing emails. More so, you can watch as workers rightfully delete the fraudulent emails and/or mark them as spam. Do not tell your workers that you plan to test their abilities. The best strategy entails sending mock phishing emails when employees least expect it. Then, you can see how they would act on a typical day. Use your test results to improve your team's awareness. Perform these mock drills to assess your employees' understanding of phishing emails and improve your cybersecurity

 

Use Multiple Email Filters

Consider using multiple email filters to protect your business from phishing attacks as well. Several email providers supply their business clients with numerous spam and junk mail filters. Ask your provider if your accounts come equipped with these filters. If they do, turn the filters on to prevent your staff from seeing phishing emails in the first place. Instead of showing up in their inboxes, phishing emails will go directly to their spam folders. On top of keeping phishing emails out of your company inboxes, you can also disable hyperlinks in your email settings. This tactic takes your security to the next level by eliminating all dangerous links. Keep this strategy in mind to protect your company from phishing email attacks. 

 

Invest In Automated Security Solutions

Finally, invest in automated security solutions that fight against phishing attacks. These solutions detect phishing scams that already got through to your company. When a solution identifies suspicious activity, it quarantines it. The best solutions then remove the threat from business systems immediately. Search for a system that also automatically alerts you when threats get by. That way, you can monitor how well your employees are avoiding scams. At the same time, you prevent all phishing attackers from retrieving your sensitive information. This is yet another highly effective phishing attack prevention strategy.

 

Unfortunately, businesses in all industries face phishing attack challenges on a daily basis. One of the best ways to protect your business from phishing emails is to enable company-wide two-factor authentication. Companies also succeed in preventing attacks by conducing team training. Teach your employees how to identify the most common email scam warning signs. Moreover, perform phishing attack drills and monitor the results from the back end of your systems. Use various spam and junk filters in your company email accounts to avoid seeing scam in the first place. Furthermore, invest in the top automated security solutions that remove phishing attacks from your systems. Implement these strategies to protect your business from phishing scams successfully.

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