What Anti Phishing Tools to Use for Maximum Efficiency
In 2017, 3 out of 4 businesses experienced phishing attacks. Yours may or may not be one of the lucky ones that weren’t hit; either way, you’ll want to make sure you have the best defenses in your workplace. That way, you’ll never become a victim ever again.
In this article, you’ll find out which anti phishing tools can save your organization from phishing attacks. Although some require financial investment, it’ll pay off in the future when you’re safe from attacks while other businesses are exploited.
A good place to start is by downloading an anti-phishing toolbar. This simple (and often free) anti phishing tool can check your clicks in real-time and block anything it finds malicious. Do keep in mind that this tool isn’t enough to fend off phishing attacks on its own, especially since studies have shown that many harmful sites aren’t detected effectively.
Also, take care that you research the toolbars you’re interested in. Many times, anti-phishing toolbars can be malware, especially free ones. Ironically, this can subject you to a phishing attack. Before you download, make sure the toolbar you want has good reviews and comes from a reputable company.
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It goes without saying that you need to have antivirus software in place; without it, you might not have an active firewall. A firewall is your first line of defense against viruses, malware, and phishing attempts, so without one, your chances aren’t good.
When you install an antivirus program, you’ll have basic protection against phishing. While more sophisticated attacks such as zero-day exploits may slip through, at least you have a foundation in place for the more basic attacks.
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Anti-phishing software is what can cover all the potential holes in your digital defenses. This is because it’s specifically made to tackle phishing from all angles. For the things that make it through anti-phishing toolbars and antivirus programs, anti-phishing software is sure to pick them up.
In addition to detecting phishing attempts in real-time (through both emails and clicks), anti-phishing software can also fend off spoofing. It does this by adding extra measures to your email signatures and by scanning all incoming emails for domain and display name spoofing.
Combine all anti phishing tools for the best results
The best strategy for cybersecurity is to combine different anti-phishing techniques to get the best coverage possible. They’ll complement one another, so any weaknesses in one are covered by another.
If you’re just starting your business and find your finances stretched tight already, there are a few anti-phishing solutions. As we mentioned before, there are free anti-phishing toolbars. There are also decent antivirus programs available free of charge. And if you need temporary access to anti-phishing services, many companies offer month-long free trials.
In addition to using multiple layers of cybersecurity, you also need to keep up with updates and patches. Vulnerabilities are always popping up, so keep those cybercriminals at bay by keeping all your programs up-to-date.
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