Phishing scams are sneaky and often difficult to detect. These types of cyberattacks involve cybercriminals sending emails, text messages, or websites that appear to be from a trusted source, but are not. The goal of this type of social engineering tactic is to trick unsuspecting users into giving up sensitive information.
In fact, phishing is one of the most common and successful hacker attacks. One of the contributing factors is that 97% of people are unable to recognize this type of scam.
In this blog post, we will look at different types of phishing and how you can avoid falling victim to this type of cybercrime.
Phishing by email
The most common form of phishing is email phishing, which has been around since the 1990s. In fact, a phishing attack occurs in one in every 99 emails, according to a review of over 55 million emails. -mails. These scam emails are sent by hackers to every address they can find. Typically, the email service provider warns you about potential phishing scams and asks you to respond promptly.
In some cases, an email may ask you to click on a link and verify your account. Legitimate companies will never ask you to provide sensitive information over email. If you receive a message that looks suspicious, do not open the email or click on any links. Instead, contact the company through a different channel, such as their customer service number or website.
If you want extra protection, try using a program that can help you detect phishing emails. Some email security solutions are designed to protect you against phishing attacks. These tools can scan your emails for suspicious links, domain names, and other indicators that the email might be a phishing scam. It’s a great way to prevent cybercriminals from getting what they want.
Search engine phishing
In search engine phishing, commonly known as SEO poisoning or SEO Trojans (and lately ransomware), hackers attempt to rank high in a search engine. Your visit to the hacker’s website is facilitated by clicking on the link which is presented in the search engine.
In this type of situation, you have to trust your cyber instincts. Always pay attention if the website URL is incorrect or looks suspicious. If you have any doubts, don’t visit it.
Another solution here would be to block suspicious domains with an extension.
Anti-phishing extensions are useful because they can warn you if you visit a suspicious website.
Some of the well-known anti-phishing services that are available to protect your privacy from online phishing attempts include extensions like Netcraft and Cryptonite.
Vishing, often referred to as voice phishing, involves using phones to carry out phishing attacks. A vishing phone call is meant to trick you (he recently tricked one of Cisco’s employees) into divulging financial and personal information, including account numbers and passwords.
The fraudster may claim that your account was hacked, represent your bank or law enforcement, or offer to help you install software.
The best way to protect yourself against vishing is to have some knowledge, because even password managers can’t avoid human error. Hang up if a person or recording calls you and asks for personal information. Call the company directly to confirm the request if the call appears to be from a trusted source.
Smishing is a type of phishing attack where SMS is used. Since people are more likely to believe a message received through a messaging app on their phone than a message sent via email, it is very popular.
Your name and location could be used by the smishing criminal to address you specifically. The message may seem more authentic because of this. Usually a smishing message will contain a link to the website. The link may redirect you to a site that steals login credentials or malware that can directly infect your phone.
The malware can then be used to discreetly communicate private information to a server under the control of the attacker or to spy on your smartphone activity. To avoid this, there are a few things you should keep in mind to better defend yourself against these threats. First of all:
- Don’t answer.
- Call your bank or merchant if in doubt.
- Avoid opening links sent by SMS.
- Be sure to check the message number, as unknown numbers are usually fake.
Information is power, and knowledge is the key to avoiding falling victim to phishing attacks. The more you know about these cyber threats, such as phishing, vishing, and smishing, and how they affect your life online, the less likely you are to fall victim to them.
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