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Part of a ZDNet Special Feature: Security TV - Video Series

Rushing through email lowers phishing defences

Phishing continues to be a well-used attack vector because it still produces results.

Security TV: Beware of the early morning phish Taking care of the daily email pile before you head to work has one downside: It's when users are at their most vulnerable to a phishing attack.

In June 2013, the University of Otago suffered a spearphising attack, and when information security manager Mark Borrie looked at the data, he found those who fell for the phish were mostly away from their desks, and using mobile devices.

In this episode of Security TV, ZDNet contributor Stilgherrian says the solution is simple enough: Being able to handle email without rushing through it.

Coupled with the rise of executive impersonation fraud, emails that appear to be genuine from victim's bosses which the FBI states has netted $3.1 billion since October 2013, it's clear why phishing continues to be used -- because it continues to work.