How to Avoid Phishing Scams

Pete James

Phishing scams are a persistent threat because they are profitable for cybercriminals. To protect yourself, follow these guidelines:

  1. Stay Informed: Keep up with new phishing techniques and conduct regular security awareness training.
  2. Think Before You Click: Avoid clicking on links in random emails; hover to verify links first.
  3. Use Anti-Phishing Toolbars: Install these in your browser for an extra layer of protection.
  4. Verify Site Security: Look for “https” and a lock icon before submitting sensitive information.
  5. Check Accounts Regularly: Monitor your online accounts and bank statements for suspicious activity.
  6. Update Your Browser: Install security patches promptly to close vulnerabilities.
  7. Use Firewalls: Employ both desktop and network firewalls to block intrusions.
  8. Beware of Pop-Ups: Block or close pop-ups, avoiding any action buttons within them.
  9. Protect Personal Information: Never share sensitive information through links in emails.
  10. Install Antivirus Software: Keep it updated to guard against the latest threats.

By following these steps, you can make sure you aren’t the one getting the company breached!