If you’ve been trained to detect phishing emails, then you know it’s best not to click on links in an email. And if you do decide to click on a link, you’ve also been trained to hover your mouse over the link to check to see if the link is legitimate. But, what if the hackers are so good they make you think a malicious link is genuine? Would you click on it? You might.

Here is the URL displayed on a mouse over of a link found in an email in the Google phishing quiz:


Does it look legitimate to you? It did to me. If all you do is what I did and look at the first part of the URL, you’ll be deceived into thinking it’s the real thing. But it’s not! As things turn out google.com is just a subdomain. The actual website is a redirect of the domain tinyurl.com.

Are most users sufficiently trained to recognize these deceptive links? Probably not. That’s why, if you really want to protect your users from phishing emails, it’s best to leave it to technology. Technology that doesn’t get fooled by deceptive links.

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PhishProtection’s email security service doesn’t get fooled by deceptive links. Not only does it scan all embedded email links, but it also scans the websites those links point to. So, no matter what a link “looks” like, if it ultimately leads to a malicious website, PhishProtection will protect you.

If you’re a small business, on a limited budget, but you’d still like to be protected from advanced phishing techniques like these, there’s good news. You can now get advanced phishing technology at a price that fits your budget.

PhishProtection anti-phishing software can help provide phishing attack prevention for your small or mid-size business, even if your email is hosted on a third-party cloud provider like Office 365 with our advanced threat defense office 365 phishing protection solution.