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How to prevent phishing attacks in Microsoft Outlook and Office 365: 3 methods


Hacking is hard work. That may explain why so many would-be cybercriminals turn to phishing. It's easy, you can hit lots of people at once, and even one response in a thousand could net you a huge return.

Security firm Wombat reports (registration required) that 76.5% of infosec professionals said they had to deal with phishing fallout in 2016—that's a lot of people letting a lot of credentials fall into the wrong hands.

Phishing, by its definition, involves sending emails, most of which contain links to malicious sites that either directly install malware or mimic the login pages of reputable and well-known sites.

Hackers aren't going to stop phishing anytime soon, so infosec professionals need to take matters into their own hands. The best way to do that is by either blocking phishing emails from getting through or by disabling hyperlinks in emails.

Here are a few steps to do just that in Outlook and Office 365.

Option 1: Rely on Microsoft's junk mail filter


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