Anti-phishing Practices that Must be Followed by All

Phishing has emerged as a clear winner amongst all other kinds of security concerns. Hackers continue to evolve this practice for information stealing and money theft. The ones that have recently started emerging at an alarming speed are as follows. 

  • Spear phishing 
  • Pharming 
  • Vishing 

The two reasons that have contributed to encouraging hackers to launch more and more lethal phishing attacks on online merchants and individual users are as follows. 

  1. 2020 has shifted all kinds of businesses online. Since these new organizations have poor cybersecurity hygiene, it makes them easy targets. 
  2. 2020 limited most people to their homes. It pushed people towards watching Netflix and other streaming mediums for entertainment. It created another pool for hackers to jump in and exploit. 

In other words, whenever the web sees a major change in trend, hackers are able to find millions of vulnerable targets that can be used to target other people/systems and devices and organizations globally. Which is why there’s an essential need to follow anti-phishing techniques much more strongly than before. 

The techniques that will take you a long way are as follows. 

  1. Use Network Segmentation

Don’t store all the information in one network. And don’t use one single network to connect all the systems. 

  • Create many isolated networks that run on a different router and aren’t connected to each other in any way. 
  • Divide the sensitive information and store pieces of it in the networks that you create. 

When using this method, a hacker will never be able to attack the entire company at the same time. 

  1. Use MFA

Guarding an already strong backdoor password can spoof hackers away from your system. The best way to do so is implementing the MFA technique. 

  • Password isn’t the only entity that can single-handedly grant access to the system. 
  • There are going to be other security layers that’ll have to be passed to finally access the system. 

It makes hacking ten times tougher and hackers prefer targeting the weaker links. Thus, if you’re using MFA protection, they’ll, most likely, leave you alone. 

  1. Making Your Employees Aware

It’s mostly the employees that put the organization under phishing attacks. Which is why you need to educate them so that they know better. Here’s how it helps. 

  • Employees know that they aren’t supposed to click on emails or links that unexpectedly arrive, despite how genuine the source looks. 
  • They know they have to contact the cybersecurity team before clicking on mails coming from unsolicited sources. 
  • They understand the importance of using VPN.
  • They practice enough caution to not perform personal browsing on the work system provided by the company. 

Such collective efforts are what will be able to make you strong and better immune to phishing and malware attacks.