Phishing… Don’t get hooked!

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Phishing is a social engineering term used to trick users in to giving away sensitive information. A phishing method commonly used to exploit users is normally sent through an email which appears to be legitimate from a bank, or popular service such as Facebook but in fact the email contains fraudulent links within the email.

 

Users are normally tricked into clicking on one of these links which redirects the them to a webpage to enter details such as usernames, passwords, address information, even credit card numbers. These details are then sent to a hacker who then use these details in a fraudulent manager.

 

Phishing is a big certain for businesses and the home user. There are a number of key preventative measures that can be put into place to help reduce the number of phishing emails received and help deal with those that get through to your system.

 

  1. Install a spamming filter (This will help filter out a lot of spam emails that are being received)
  2. The best most effective method is how you interact with your system. If you think a phishing email has got through, and the sender looks suspicious then delete it – Do not risk it and click on links contained within the email.
  3. If by accident you click on a link and the web browser re-directs you to a website, check the website address (URL). If the website address look suspisious then close the browser window and delete the email.

SafeHack UK provides a new email simulated Phishing email service. Which we highly recommend to help raise security awareness within your business.

 

Take a look at our services page for more information.

 

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