No one wants to be a victim of a phishing scam. No one can stop others to do it either. But phishing scams can be kept at bay with preventive measures in place. Phishing prevention refers to an effective set of tools and techniques that can identify looming threats and mitigate it before it worsens.
Here are tips from big IT services in Philippines you can practice when something smells fishy:
Always Think Before Clicking Anything
It’s okay to click on links when you’re on safe websites. Clicking on links that appear in spam emails, however, is not a smart move. Check the links by hovering over them before clicking on them.
1. Use an Anti-Phishing Toolbar
Most commonly used internet browsers could be customized and enforced with anti-phishing toolbars. These toolbars can do quick checks on the sites you visit and compare them to sites that are tagged for phishing. If you click on a malicious site, the toolbar will notify you about it. Using an anti-phishing toolbar provides protection against phishing scams for free.
2. Check a Website’s Security
According to managed services providers, there’s no such things as too cautious when it comes to sharing information over the web. As long as you are on a safe website, you wouldn’t end up in trouble. Before sending your info, check if the site’s URL starts with “https” and there should be a tiny “lock” icon beside the address bar.
3. Maintain Your Browser to Keep It Up to Date
Security patches are sent to mainstream browsers all the time. They are launched as an answer to the security loopholes that cybercriminals and other hackers often discover and exploit. If you usually ignore messages about updating your browsers, be wary. Make sure to download and install all future updates.
Good firewalls work as buffers between you, your computer and cybercriminals. You should always use two kinds – one for the desktop and one for the network. The first kind comes as software and the second one comes in the form of hardware. When used side-by-side, they can lessen the threat of hackers and phishers intruding on your computer and your network.
5. Be Careful of Pop-Ups
Pop-up windows often hide behind the legitimate components of a site. But most of the time, they are attempts to phish. Most popular browsers give you the ability to block pop-ups. If a pop-up manages to slip through your guard, don’t ever click on the “cancel” button; most of the time these buttons lead to phishing sites. Click the little “x” in the upper corner of the pop-up instead.
6. Don’t Give Away Contact Info
As a rule of thumb, never ever give away personal or financially sensitive information over the web. When in doubt, check the main website of the company you are wary of, get their contacts and call them. Most of the time, a secure website starts with “https”.
7. Install Antivirus Software
There are a number of valid reasons to install and use antivirus software. Antivirus software protects your desktop and your network against known viruses, malware and loopholes. However, always remember to keep your software up to date.
8. Tap Highly Specialized IT Professionals
A well-running business is the by-product of a well-run IT environment. At House of IT, we are more than just procedures and techniques to prevent and resolve cyber-attacks. We have a wide range of I.T. specialists and a thorough grasp of both the IT and the business industry. Our services are not limited to preventing issues that are already evident within your IT environment, but stretches to developing strategies for your corporate objectives.
Being in the technology industry for more than 15 years, our experience and exposure in the field of technological advancement in a global scale has given us the right leverage to assist companies and businesses worldwide. We weigh every strategy to coincide with your IT environment. We provide analysis on your overall system infrastructure, and the result of our insights is three-fold: strategic business analysis, advancement, and a cohesive function of all elements within your IT environment. Every business needs an effective and strategic IT consulting team. Speak to one of our experts here.