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Identifying and Combating Potential Phishing Attacks

Identifying and Combating Potential Phishing Attacks

Phishing scams are one of the most common (and insidious) problems you and your team may encounter. While it may seem simple to avoid a phishing attack, the truth is that many of these schemes are highly sophisticated and are constantly evolving to become more so.

Understanding the Threat of Phishing

Hackers favor phishing attacks for their effectiveness in exploiting human psychology rather than brute-forcing through robust security measures. By impersonating reputable people and organizations, these attacks manipulate users into taking actions that compromise their security. Convincing someone to click a link or divulge sensitive information is often far simpler than attempting to breach formidable encryption, a technology many businesses use to protect their applications and data. Factors such as urgency, fear tactics, curiosity, or misdirection are commonly exploited to elicit target responses.

Spotting Warning Signs

To effectively combat phishing, it's crucial to recognize the telltale signs of these fraudulent attempts. Suspicious messages should raise immediate concerns, whether via email, text, phone calls, voicemails, or social media. Phishing messages often employ aggressive language or threats to prompt rapid responses, typically urging recipients to take urgent actions. Exercise caution with unsolicited attachments and be wary of communication riddled with grammatical errors. When in doubt, the best practice is to verify the legitimacy of messages.

Implementing Preventive Measures

Proactive measures are necessary to reduce the risks posed by phishing attacks. Implementing robust spam filters can help block malicious messages from infiltrating your email systems while enforcing multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security. Equally important is educating your staff on phishing attempts, empowering them to know how to identify phishing scams and what to do when encountering one. 

Empowering Your Defense Against Phishing

While the threat of phishing attacks may loom large, you can avoid the detrimental circumstances brought on by one. With Computerware at your side, you can fortify your defenses and equip your team with the knowledge and tools to combat phishing attempts effectively. Our technicians can help your business put a strategy in place to help you and your staff not become victims of phishing. To learn more, call us today at (703) 821-8200.

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