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Introducing McAfee ClickProtect: Don’t get hooked by phishing attacks

What’s the weakest link in business security? These days, it’s human beings.

That’s the message from a recent article from Information Age. Among the key points in the article:

  • “Rather than exploiting vulnerabilities in hardware or software, particular types of attacks focus on taking advantage of and exploiting vulnerabilities in people.”
  • “Alarming recent figures from Gartner indicate that 85% of ‘hacks’ actually appeared to be a result of accidental disclosures.”

It gets worse. According to Network World, an incredible 95% of all attacks on enterprise networks were the result of “spear phishing”: hackers attempt to steal sensitive data from particular individuals at a company by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. They send you an email that looks innocent enough—but once you click, you’re in trouble.

In the past, users could avoid phishing scams by checking the destination of links before clicking, or by only opening links sent from known sources. But today, the sheer number and complexity of phishing attacks have increased astronomically. Hackers employ link manipulation, website forgeries, and filter evasion techniques. And mobile devices complicate things further, because you can’t hover over a link to check the destination.

All of this means that your business can no longer rely on the judgment of individual users to stop phishing attempts.

McAfee ClickProtect solves this problem. Included as part of Intermedia’s McAfee Advanced Email Protection, ClickProtect keeps users safe from phishing by scanning links twice — first, at the moment when the email reaches the server; and second, at the moment the user clicks the link. When a user clicks, they are directed to a page that verifies the safety of the site and shows a preview of the destination.

Here’s how it works:

McAfee ClickProtect comes standard with our Professional and Enterprise Office in the Cloud plans. You can add it to the Basic plan for just $1 per user, per month.

Want to learn more about how Intermedia and McAfee can safeguard your company from outside threats? Download our datasheets: McAfee Email ProtectionMcAfee Email ContinuityMcAfee Email Data Loss Prevention

About Kirsten Barta

Kirsten Barta is Sr Marketing Communications Manager at Intermedia