In today’s world, hackers are getting more creative and successful with their Microsoft 365 phishing emails. And all phishing scams for that matter. That’s why your business must have office 365 phishing protection. Luckily, with us as your Managed Service Provider, you’ll rarely have to worry about these issues. Our first-rate solutions include Managed IT Services, IT Security Services, Managed SIEM Services, and Cyber Security Assessment Services. Within this article, we’ll give you some of our best tips on how to stop phishing emails in Outlook.
How to Protect Against Phishing Emails in Microsoft 365.At Klik Solutions, we implement Microsoft’s astounding anti-phishing office 365 software. Below is a list of features and how we utilize them to benefit you:
- Administrative protocols. Because we are Microsoft partners, we know exactly how to manipulate their settings for your organizational security needs. Without breaking compliance in your current policies, we’ll set advanced controls that enable your system to delete phishing emails, or any other kind of meddled content, before they can reach you or your employees.
- ATP through Office 365. Office 365 has many cyber safety features that are constantly updated and tested for accuracy. It is not recommended to only use Microsoft’s advanced threat protection for spam protection. Instead, we use a multilayered approach using all of the staggering resources we can procure.
- Spam messaging. Not many people know this but the spam folder in your email is actually a very useful tool. When utilized correctly, this section can be modified and utilized to implement safety controls on your mail. You can even distinguish safe users from blocked users and prevent unsafe users from reaching you again.
- User education. One of the biggest safeguards against scams like these is user knowledge. While tools and processes can help you prevent these emails from getting to your network, some are bound to slip through. For the fraud mail that does make it to your system, your staff must know how to detect and immediately discard harmful content.
- Microsoft Outlook email spam. If Microsoft Outlook is your main messaging platform, you’ve already done yourself a favor. This application allows you to modify the “Rules and Alerts” section to censor out specific words. So if you are continuously getting emails regarding the same topic, all you have to do is type it into your settings and any email with that subject line will be deleted before you receive it.
Variations of Phishing Scams.In recent years, these schemes were a little less advanced. Usually, they would consist of made-up stories, like someone from a different country randomly came across your email address and now needs you to help with their rent. But now, these hackers have learned how to use your emotions against you in a more modern way. Here are the main variants to look out for:
- Uncomplicated phishing. These emails used to consist of fictional stories that were meant to pull at your heartstrings. However, the world has become slightly more self-involved, making sob stories less effective. Now, these schemers use lavish prizes as clickbait. Because we all know how difficult it is to click past a million-dollar prize.
- Sophisticated phishing. Believe it or not, some of your information may already be in a data bank you know nothing about. This is how sophisticated phishers get some of your data and use it against you. After coming across some of your addresses and passwords, they will message you with threats and incriminating lies about yourself. They may even make legitimate-looking documentation to scare you. Do not fear, just delete and report before they have a chance to get any more of your sensitive details.
- Spear phishing. This form of scam is a little more revolutionary for hackers because it focuses on a victim individually or a small specific pool of people. Like company management. Spear phishing scams would likely come from someone you know or a job agency you’re interested in. They’ll lure you in over chat messenger to get you to share as much of your personal or organizational information as possible. So, if you get an interview and they want to do it strictly over messenger, suggest a call option. If they decline then DO NOT share your personal information.
- Whaling. This type of scam occurs when a hacker goes after a CEO of a company. Because they are trying to dupe such a sophisticated official, these scams are well thought out and researched to the tee. These attacks must be looked out for carefully, their success rate has been too great. Resulting in avoidable firings, breaches, and even near-bankrupt experiences.
- Social engineering. This is more of artistry than a scam itself. All of the mentioned scenarios above are crafted from social engineering. This process is defined as the manipulation of individuals to derive personal data for fraudulence and exploitation.