Phishing is a
word that is thrown around a lot, and while you may have been able to glean
what it means, do you really? Phishing is sometimes referred to as spoofing,
hoaxing or social engineering – all are correct.
It’s a numbers game, phishers use direct messaging, email and popups to spam the masses in the hopes that a percentage of them will fall for the scam. You also might have heard of Spear Phishing, a more targeted form of phishing.
How to Spot Phishing Attacks
Phishing Attacks scams typically present themselves as legitimate websites, reaching out to get you to update your personal or account information. Keep an eye out for banks, universities, and other reputable sources that house a lot of your valuable information. The cyber-criminal will
use one of these to :
a) try to get you to disclose sensitive personal information, such as passwords, bank info, credit card numbers etc
b) to accidentally download a virus which will ultimately install spyware, use your computer to
send mass amounts of spam email to your contacts or steal personal information stored within it.
How to Avoid Falling Victim to phishing
Always be wary of an email, message or pop up from a reputable company asking you for personal information. Keep your wits about you, and double check such emails for funny looking logo’s, typo’s, sender’s email address etc, anything that looks a bit off, probably is. Never click on a link contained in these emails, immediately delete the email without responding or sharing any personal information.
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Have you ever been the victim of a phishing attack?