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Smishing Phishing

No seriously. Smishing and Phishing are words that should be in your vocabulary.  For those that don’t know… Phishing – Criminals replicate commercial web sites to defraud an online account holder of their financial information.   Smishing – Similar to phishing, this form of criminal activity is conducted through text messages. In other words, Phishing via SMS. It’s getting easier to identify spam e-mail and phishing attacks, but now you can get spammed through a cell phone?  In the past 6 months, the US alone have seen a 400% increase in SMS text messaging scams. It’s best to delete these messages without responding or providing any of your personal information. So how do you identify a smishing attack on your phone? Chances are you didn’t win $10,000 or a new free iPhone 5… If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The good news is, through strong software like BullGuard’s Mobile Security 10 and Internet Security 12, you can protect yourself. Education is also a key player in preventing a phishing or smishing attack. According to Peter Cassidy with the Anti-Phishing Working Group, “the average number of infected computers globally stands at 35.51%, more than 3 points lower than in 2011.” At least we know we’re doing something right.

Take a look at this infographic for some mind blowing stats on phishing and other spam trends over the last year. And make sure you ckeck BullGuard's Security Centre for more information on both threats and how to stay safe!

Filed under: Internet Threats

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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