Cyber Security 101: What is Phishing?

There are many types of cyberattacks that hackers use to gain information, files, and other assets from individuals and companies. Staying protected from these is crucial.

With phishing attacks among one of the most common types of scams, we want to
help you get ahead of those threats with a guide to the different types of scams and
how you can protect yourself.

What is Phishing?

Phishing is defined as a type of cybersecurity threat used by scammers to steal
information. Phishing malware is usually disguised in a fake website that is made to
look like a real one owned by a genuine institution.

The purpose is to lead people to these websites, where they enter their details, and
scammers can then use these details to access people’s accounts.

People are usually led to these fraudulent sites through a phishing scam email. The
email will typically look like it is from a bank or website that which the victim has an
account. Following a link in a phishing email may render you completely exposed as
the scammer can access any information you then enter.

Phishing is one of the largest cyber security threats on the web but can be avoided
and protected against if the right measures are taken. When you spot one, you can
report a phishing email, but that won’t necessarily stop more from coming in.

Phishing attack examples
There are many different phishing examples. Understanding how they all work will
help you spot them in the future.

  • Phishing Email
  • Spear Phishing
  • Whale Phishing or Whaling
  • Mass Campaigns
  • Ambulance Chasing Phishing
  • Pretexting
  • Smashing / Mobile Phishing
  • Smishing

How to protect users from phishing
One of the ways to protect your customers from phishing scams is to make sure
everyone is properly trained. Being able to spot scams and take immediate action
will help keep everything secure. Beyond this, there are several cybersecurity
measures you can take for better levels of security. IT Connexion offers advanced
threat protection for email which will help to automatically block phishing emails of all
types as well as reliable SaaS backup solutions for a multi-layered security solution.
Contact us for a no-obligation consultation.

IT Connexion is a proud partner of Datto Inc.

By George Rouse

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