With the abundance of online security tips around, Internet users tend to think they know the basics of how to avoid tricked by criminals. Yet the statistics show that up to 45% of Internet users keep clicking on dangerous links or providing personal information where they shouldn’t.
The results of the National Privacy Test by NordVPN show that almost 94% of all respondents would ignore an email request from their bank to provide personal information. Warnings about email phishing scams are among the most basic cybersecurity tips, and it seems that Internet users who took the National Privacy Test are largely familiar with one of the most prevalent forms of phishing.
However, the prevalence of phishing scams signals that more sophisticated baits are still very profitable for cyber criminals. According to Verizon’s research conducted in 2016, as many as 30% of phishing emails are opened. In another example, Kaspersky reports that Kaspersky Lab products blocked 51 million attempts to open a phishing page in Q1 2017.
These results lead to believe that although users may be aware of basic types of malicious emails, more sophisticated phishing ventures still work in many cases.
With two significant ransomware attacks that have just affected countries around the world and rising email phishing, the question stands: how can email users get better at spotting malicious messages?
For added security, use a VPN. Using a VPN when browsing can protect you against malware and phishing attempts that target online access points. NordVPN’s feature CyberSec is activated every time a user switches the VPN on, and protects from malware, annoying ads and phishing attempts. It checks each website the user tries to access against a list of malicious sites. Any site included in the phishing blacklist is blocked before any harm can be done.
Do you have any other tips on how to spot a malicious link or an infected attachment? Share your experience in the comments below!