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Prevent Phishing and Malware

Use the tools here to improve your defenses against phishing attacks and malware. Start by selecting your operating system.

Phishing Overview

Common Phishing Examples

Detecting a Phishing Email

What is Ransomeware

Avoiding Ransomeware

Another key security measure is protecting against the increasing level of costly malware and phishing attacks. These attacks can infect your systems resulting in revenue loss, expensive recovery costs, data loss, damage to reputation, loss of confidence and more.

The tools included in this toolbox aim to help prevent these types of attacks. Included are: DNS security (DNS, or Domain Name Service, is the method by which you are able to navigate the internet) to help prevent you from going to infected websites; anti-virus software to help prevent viruses and other malicious software from getting into your systems; and ad blockers, together with correct filter lists, help prevent malicious activity and access to malicious websites while browsing the Internet. We recommend considering use of one of each of these tools on the devices you identified in the “Know What You Have” step.

6.1 Anti-Virus

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MacOS Antivirus

Real time antivirus is important to have on all your devices.

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Microsoft Defender

Use this tool to prevent known malware from running on your system.

Additional Training & Resources

Explore training courses, videos, sharable content and other resources about this toolbox topic. Browse additional training resources below.

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Phishing Policy

Use/customize this template to build your company's phishing policy.

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Mastering Malware - Beware of Malware!

Watch this video to learn how to protect yourself from malware.

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Web Woes - Pesky Pop-Ups!

Watch this video to learn how to ensure safer use of the Internet.

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