Email remains the number one attack vector used in successful phishing attacks. It’s quick, cheap and easy for cyber criminals to create and disseminate really legit looking emails to trick intrigued recipients into opening them and taking action.
But, it is not an email problem. It is people problem. Human curiosity and error are what make phishing such an effective way of stealing information. If you don’t do anything with phishing messages, they should not be an issue. It is only when you click on a link or respond to a call to action such as share information, passwords and banking details that they become a problem.
Why is phishing a problem?
Phishing is the fraudulent process of acquiring information such as usernames, passwords, banking details, credit card numbers and other sensitive information by posing as an entity or company that the recipient trusts.
Unlike spam, phishing is targeted and messages are usually disguised as official or legitimate messages from banks, popular social networking websites, and email administrators. The websites to which the links lead you also appear legitimate. This makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the average person to detect a phishing email or that the website to which it is linked is fake. So, you might feel quite safe sharing your details. Don’t!
Phishing is big business. The perpetrators aren’t in it for fun, they’re in it for the money, and because too many people are naive to phishing, it really is becoming very lucrative. Cyber criminals sell passwords, credit card details, ID numbers and all sorts for profit on the dark web.
Can email security stop phishing?
The quick answer is “No” because phishing is a social engineering tactic that can be perpetuated via an array of communications channels including phone calls. Yes, email has been the primary channel for “phishers” since the late 1990s, when the first phishing incidents were reported. But, sms and instant messaging platforms like Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger are also widely used. Email security will not stop phishing messages from reaching you on these platforms.
Stop phishing in your email inbox
Robust email security will recognise and quarantine phishing messages before they land in your email inbox. Our email security solution, e-Purifier, is far better at identifying social engineering attempts than even the most savvy email user. It will also stop spam, malware and ransomware before it has a chance to arrive in your email inbox.
No access to spoof sites
Curiosity killed the cat right! Out of naivety, curiosity or perhaps with an ‘it won’t happen to me’ mindset, people still take phishers’ bait and click on links they shouldn’t. With our fully hosted UserSecure service, your employees will be cuffed from accessing spoof websites. It inspects filters and cleans inbound and outbound web traffic to combat browser-based threats such as bots, phishing, and other malicious active content. The solution features best-of-breed anti-virus, anti-spyware, URL filtering, data loss prevention, and other advanced security technologies.
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