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Security Update: Phishing Season is Here to Stay

Security Update: Phishing Season is Here to Stay

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Phishing Season is Here to Stay. What is Phishing?

Phishing is a form of fraud where one tries to possess valuable information such as usernames, credit card details, passwords or account details by presenting themselves as a credible entity or individual using various forms of electronic communication. Phishing is popular among cybercriminals since users will more easily send you information if they think you are legitimate.

What measures can you take to avoid attacks?

Employee training is critical in preventing phishing attacks. There should be training sessions with mock phishing attacks so that employees can see what they look like and how to respond. Individuals should also be diligent in educating themselves about phishing and how to deal with it.

Most phishers will direct you to a page that will ask for personal and financial information. Do not submit that information. Be extremely careful and thoroughly verify the authenticity of the site through multiple sources.

Every computer owned by a business or by an individual should have spam filters. These filters will stop fraudulent emails from ever reaching your inbox in the first place.

Regularly update your software protection for maximum security. Cyber criminals will adapt and improve their operations. By not being up to date you will be left with obsolete software that cannot withstand an attack. Be updated and invest in security software programs.

Abstain from downloading material from sources of which you are not sure. Unreliable sources are infinitely more likely to attract phishing attempts on your data than reliable ones. Legitimate sources are often diligent in ensuring user safety and security.

How do they disguise their information?

Phishers will often direct a website similar to the legitimate one. They will use logos, images, and menus that are similar to those of the real sites. A phishing attack can also come when a user is asked to download a Trojan program via email or on a website.

Can anyone be a victim of phishing?

Yes, anyone who uses the internet and submits personal information or uses the internet to perform financial transactions can be a victim of fishing if they are not careful. Without being keen in ensuring your computer’s safety, an organization or an individual can suffer devastating losses.

How do you know you’ve been phished?

There are a few ways to know if you have been phished. One is that after providing confidential information on the site, it starts experiencing problems making you unable to access it again. If you provide your personal data two or three times on the same time, you probably have been phished. If the site you have given confidential data to has a number for its URL in the address bar, you probably have been phished.

How is whaling different than phishing?

Whaling is different in that it usually targets high profile individuals such as executives in an organization for content customized for upper-level management.

It is important to keep your team educated on topics such as phishing and also other high risk topics such as Ransomware.

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