Want to stop phishers? Use email authentication.
Mar 23, 2017 5:35am
Phishing emails can harm businesses whose identities are spoofed. Don’t want that to happen to your business? Read the new Staff Perspective from the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) Office of Technology, Businesses Can Help Stop Phishing and Protect their Brands Using Email Authentication.
The best way to keep customers from falling for phishing scams is to keep those emails from ever showing up in customers’ inboxes. There are technical solutions that your business can use to protect your reputation and prevent phishing emails from getting through to your customers. These include:
The Staff Perspective found that most U.S. businesses use SPF but not DMARC. In fact, less than 10% of the top online U.S. businesses use DMARC’s “reject” policy – the strongest available tool – to automatically block unauthenticated email. The study concludes that businesses who want to stop phishing and better protect their brands should implement DMARC.
For a full analysis of the Staff Perspective’s findings, and to learn about its methodology, read the entire Staff Perspective or watch this video.
About the Author
Lisa Weintraub Schifferle is an attorney in the FTC's Division of Consumer & Business Education.
This post originally appeared on March 3 in the FTC's Business Blog.