What is Phishing? (Not fishing)

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Phishing is a type of attack that uses credible appearing emails and websites to steal information; credit cards, passwords, financial information, etc. Phishing scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated and can be difficult to spot. 

Here are some of the latest phishing scams: 

Email scams: Phishing emails often look like they are from legitimate companies, such as banks, credit card companies, or online retailers. The emails may contain links to fake websites that look real. If you click on a link in an email and enter your personal information, that information is available to the attacker. They often sit on information for a few days before taking next steps (e.g. distributing phishing emails to your contact list, impersonating YOU.) 

Social media scams: Phishing scams can also occur on social media. Scammers may send you messages that look like they are from friends or family members. The messages may contain links to fake websites or ask you to send money to someone. If you click on a link in a social media message or send money to someone, you could be giving your personal information or money to the scammer. 

Phone scams: Phishing scams can also occur over the phone. Scammers may call you and pretend to be from a legitimate company. They may ask you to verify your personal information or send money to someone. If you receive a phone call from someone you do not know, do not give them your personal information or send them money. 

How to protect yourself from phishing scams: 

Be suspicious of all unsolicited emails, social media messages, and phone calls. Do not click on links in emails or social media messages, and do not send money to someone you do not know. 

Never give out your personal information, such as your Social Security number, credit card number, or bank account number, to someone you do not know. If you are asked to give out your personal information, hang up the phone or delete the email. 

Use a strong password and two-factor authentication for your online accounts. A strong password (10+ characters) is difficult to guess, and two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security by requiring you to enter a code from your phone and your password when you log in. 

Keep your software up to date. Software updates often include security patches that can help protect you from phishing scams. 

Be aware of the latest phishing scams. Scammers are constantly developing new ways to steal your personal information. Stay informed about the latest phishing scams so you can protect yourself. 

If you think you have been the victim of a phishing scam, contact one of our team to verify whether you have had a breach. We also offer a free dark-web audit to review if you or your staff have security concerns. Call 405.748.4222 or fill out our contact form HERE.

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