Learn How to Spot a Phishing Attempt
Phishing scams are one of the most popular ways that cybercriminals use to acquire highly sensitive information. Hackers will disguise themselves behind an email that seems like it is from a trusted sender. This way they will fly under the radar and the unsuspecting recipient will open their message.
Once the email is open different types of malware begin to infect the device. Malware is a malicious software that allows the cybercriminals to steal information like user name, password, and banking details. The newest malware will actually search and attack your cryptocurrency wallet.
Other uses for Phishing is to steal your login name and password and then use it to not only take your data but forward along the attack to your contacts, looking as though it came from you – because it did, since they are in your email now!
A helpful way an organization can combat an incident from happening is requiring employees to do regular training on how to recognize suspicious emails. If they are not properly informed it only takes one person to open one infected email and the whole network is now compromised. Some telltale signs that you should not open the email are:
- A mistake in the way the email address is spelled. Scammers will subtly misspell the name of a well known company so that it’s not very noticeable.
- Uncommon wording in the body of the email is another red flag to look for
- Replacing letters for numbers like changing the letter O to the number 0.
If you are still not sure that the email is from the correct sender then do not open or reply to the sender until you can verify that the email is actually secure.
Don’t leave your organization open to get scammed by a phishing incident. Stay properly trained and upto date on the newest forms of threats. If you need help to secure and protect yourself from potential cyberattacks, call us at Sabat Age Consulting today.