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SmartPhish Analysis Takes Email Investigation to a New Level

We're excited to release SmartPhish Analysis. In our email dashboard, you'll see a number of info panels that give insight into our AI's decision into marking an ema...

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Slack Security: How to Collaborate Safely

Slack Security Slack is an incredibly popular app. It became a lifeline for so many companies during remote work in 2020 and it will remain an essential part of work...

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Business Email Compromise: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

The State of Business Email Compromise Everyone is talking about Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks. And with good reason.

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What is a Whaling Attack? The Definitive Guide

What is a Whaling Attack? A whaling attack is a specialized attack that falls under the larger category of spear phishing. Before we can define what whaling is, it’s...

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How to Stop Phishing Emails Using Avanan

What is Phishing? The first mass email in 1978 was sent to just under 400 users. That seems quaint, now. It would be ten years before mass emailing turned into somet...

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What is Email Spoofing and How Does it Work?

Hackers want your credentials. It’s why the Verizon DBIR found that the top threat varieties in breaches were phishing and the use of stolen creds. Phish users to ge...

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Are Your Users Dumpster Diving in the Junk Folder?

Highlights Microsoft’s Office 365 ATP policies flag an unusually high percentage of legitimate emails as phishing detections Organizations that set their ATP policie...

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What is Email Security? A Guide to All 3 Types of Email Security

Email is not secure by nature, because email was never meant to be secure. The way email is used today — and its security needs — differs greatly from what its inven...

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What is Business Email Compromise (BEC)?

What is BEC? There is ambiguity about what Business Email Compromise (BEC) means. Is it an email impersonating an executive for financial gain? Is it the same thing ...

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What Is a Secure Email Gateway and Are They Still Viable?

Email is used by 3.8 billion people every day, and its popularity is only growing. Unfortunately, that makes it the favorite channel for opportunistic and targeted a...

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What is a Phishing Scam?

A phishing scam is when a hacker pretends to be a trusted person in order to access a user’s account, trick them into giving up sensitive/personal information, or in...

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The History and Future of Phishing [Infographic]

See why phishing has became one of cyber security's most common threats, and what can be done about it. Lots of numbers, percentages, and costs are associated with p...

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Safe Links | Why Is This Microsoft Office 365 Safe Link Not Safe?

Since the first successful phishing attack, we have trained our email users to read every URL before clicking. Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) included ...

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How Can A Google Drive Account Be Weaponized By Hackers?

Google's G Suite brings much-needed convenience and organization to the enterprise cloud. But, can a Google Drive account be hacked? Because of its popularity, it is...

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6 Cyber Security Tips and Best Practices for Employees

Regardless of their age, role, or security competency, employees must follow basic practices to protect organization and its data. Training doesn’t have to come in t...

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Why Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Security Isn't Foolproof

When 2-factor authentication (2FA) is combined with password managers like 1Password and LastPass, it can help people securely access their personal and work account...

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How Email Became the Weakest Link [Infographic]

See why phishing has became one of cyber security's most common threats, and what can be done about it. Lots of numbers, percentages, and costs are associated with p...

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How Secure is Microsoft Email Security? 6 Pros and Cons to Office 365 Email Protection

Microsoft Office 365 is the most popular target and vector for email phishing attacks. Office 365 Security is Microsoft’s best — especially compared to its 30-year c...

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How Default Email Configurations Help Hackers

Recently, I talked about an unexplored, but potentially devastating issue in InfoSecurity magazine: default Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) configurations. Sure, they'r...

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When Allow Lists Pile-Up: Email Security and Technical Debt

Recently, I analyzed the inboxes of a company representing a typical enterprise account of more than 10,000 email users. I found something alarming. Because of Allow...

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