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What is Whaling Phishing & How Does it Work?

“Whaling” phishing fraud attacks target the C-suite of a company which creates high risk of extremely sensitive, mission-critical data being stolen and exposed. Fortunately, protecting the organization from these attacks is possible. Whaling phishing is a type of phishing attack targeting larger, high-value targets, which is why it's called "Whaling." Attackers themselves often pretend to be C...
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What Is Email Spoofing & How Do You Protect Against It?

What is Email Spoofing? Email spoofing is one of the most common forms of cybercriminal activity, specifically a form of identity deception that's widely used in phishing and spam attacks. It underpins the mechanism required to conduct hacking activities, and it can take many forms. Unfortunately, most email users will eventually receive an email that has been spoofed—whether they know it or not...
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How to Run Simulated Phishing Campaigns

Here's how to run a simulated phishing campaign to test and train your employees before they receive an actual phishing email. What is a Phishing Campaign? To be clear, when we say “phishing campaign,” we’re not referring to malicious, black-hat phishing campaigns. A simulated phishing campaign is part of an internal training program to raise employee awareness about real-world phishing attacks...
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The Definitive Report Analyzer: Deciphering DMARC for Email Security Peace of Mind

It takes years to build trusted relationships with your customers — but as all-too-familiar headlines and recounted tales of woe from IT departments tell us, cybercriminals can abuse that trust to trick your customers, employees, and partners into opening their malicious emails in a matter of minutes.  DMARC, or Domain-Based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance, is an essential email...
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DIY DMARC Authentication: Is DIY’ing it Worth the Risk?

Do-it-yourselfers abound everywhere in these days – from YouTube stars demonstrating the latest hacks through tutorials to entire cable channels and streaming networks devoted to DIY, average laypeople have become self-proclaimed experts in a variety of areas and skills. But should you take a do-it-yourself approach when it comes to technology and email security, or more specifically to DMARC...
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Office 365 + DMARC: Best Practices for Protecting Your Company & Customers From Phishing Attacks

In 2021, Gartner includes DMARC, or known by its full name as Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance, in its list of top 10 security projects. With very few exceptions, the best way for organizations to prevent getting impersonated in email attacks is to integrate DMARC into their Office 365-based email ecosystems.To understand why, let’s consider the benefits of deploying...
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Customer Phishing Protection Couldn’t Be Easier with PhishLabs

It’s not news that cybercrime is a constant battle—large enterprises and small businesses everywhere are susceptible to a myriad of advanced email threats and socially engineered attacks, such as executive or brand impersonation. According to IC3’s Internet Crime Report, over $44 million in losses in 2021 were a direct result of malicious phishing and advanced email scams. Despite billions having...
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SMTPS: Securing SMTP and the Differences Between SSL, TLS, and the Ports They Use

What is the difference between SMTPS and SMTP?SMTPS uses additional SSL or TLS cryptographic protocols for improved security, and the extra "S" stands for SECURE!By default, the SMTP protocol lacks encryption and can be used to send emails without any protection in place. This leaves emails over SMTP susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdropping from bad actors while messages are in...
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5 Big Myths about DMARC, Debunked

With email attacks contributing to billions of lost dollars each year, a growing number of organizations are adopting Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) in an effort to protect themselves and their customers from fraudsters. Adoption of DMARC has steadily gained traction since the onset of the pandemic, and the original email authentication protocols at the heart...
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Securing Your Email with DMARC

Understanding the What, How, and Why of DMARCYou probably already know this, but it bears repeating: Email by itself is NOT secure; anyone can use someone else’s identity to send emails. In fact, email is the #1 way cyberattackers can target your customers and your email ecosystem. No brand is untouchable when it comes to attackers using or spoofing email domains to send spam, phishing attempts...
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Top Social Media Threats Targeting the Retail Industry

Social media threats targeting enterprises more than doubled last year. Attacks on the retail industry specifically have grown, as threat actors are targeting victims with impersonation and counterfeit ad campaigns. Purchasing behavior is increasingly influenced by social media, making it an attractive vector for these kinds of campaigns. The tendency of social media users to consume information...
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2022 Data Privacy Week – Education and Inspiration

As the world becomes more and more dependent on online resources to complete daily tasks, such as work meetings, grocery shopping, and even exercising, the risk of cyber attacks, data breaches, and information stealing increases. If you’re not already protecting your personal information online, now is the perfect time to start, as Data Privacy Weeks kicks off today. Led by the National Cyber...
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Common Phishing Email Attacks | Examples & Descriptions

What does a phishing email look like? We've compiled phishing email examples to help show what a spoofed email looks like to prevent against phishing attacks. Brand deception phishing is the most common example of phishing people will come across. Brand deception phishing occurs when an attacker mimics a trusted company in an email and asks someone for their personal information like credit card...
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What Is Email Phishing? How to Protect Your Enterprise

Phishing emails can steal sensitive data and cost companies' reputation. However, protecting a company from these scammers doesn't need to be difficult. What Do Phishing Emails Do? Phishing emails are a social engineering attack used to steal your personal information like passwords or credit card numbers. The victim receives an email appearing to be from a trusted company but which is actually...
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Identifying and Mitigating Email Threats

Email threats are ever evolving, and it’s important to stay up to date. Here are the current most common email threats and how to identify and mitigate them.So, what are the most common types of email threats today?Business Email Compromise Ransomware Phishing Spear Phishing Data Breach Spam Keyloggers Domain ImpersonationWe’ll explain these and more. Then, we’ll cover how to prevent, mitigate...
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… for Cybercriminals

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s also the busiest time of the year for online shopping. There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and gifts to buy for loved ones. Plus, gifts to buy for yourself when the deals are this good! But beware, for cybercriminals ‘tis also the season to scam millions of dollars from unsuspecting people and companies. They’re banking on people being in a rush and...
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Spear Phishing Emails: What They Are & How to Prevent Them

Spear phishing is more focused than normal phishing. To protect against this type of phishing, your entire company will need to be educated and protected. What is a typical spear phishing attempt? A typical spear phishing attempt is a fraudulent personalized email that is usually sent with an attachment or requests a response. The fraudster then tries to entice the recipient to open the infected...
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Email Protection: Tools for Maximum Security

If you haven’t protected your email yet, you’re open to attacks. This comprehensive guide explains what you need for complete email protection and where to get it. Email protection solutions provide features like spam filtering, firewalls, anti-phishing controls, antivirus policies, spyware detection, login security, data loss protection, and encryption to help secure your organization against...
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What Is a Phishing Attack? Types, Defenses & Prevention

Phishing attacks are all too common and can make a company lose millions of dollars. To protect against this scam, a company must have the right protocols and software in place. What is a phishing attack? A phishing attack is a social engineering attack, where an attacker mimics a trusted company or person to steal private information such as login or financial data. These attacks usually come as...
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How to Prevent Business Email Compromise Attacks

How can you prevent business email attacks? Is training enough? We'll walk you through solutions and tips to protect your enterprise email from these attacks. Why is business email compromise such a problem? Business email compromise (BEC) attacks are sophisticated scams that target specific individuals with believable emails asking for funds to be transferred. These attacks can cost a company...