What’s Phishing and How Can You Avoid Getting Hooked?

From Norton: It seems that lately most of my blog posts and most of the articles I link to are malware, data security related. Is it me or is that what we are seeing mostly in the tech press?

Phishing is essentially a con game, and phishers are nothing more than tech-savvy con artists and identity thieves. They use spam, fake websites, emails, phone calls and instant messages to trick people into divulging sensitive information like passwords or account numbers.

Source: What’s Phishing and How Can You Avoid Getting Hooked?

The linked article is good. The most effective step you can take to protect your office from a phishing attack is staff training. Team members need to be alert to the tell tale signs of a phishing e-mail and know what not to do. Don’t click, don’t give out information and so on as outlined in the linked article.

Even well trained savvy users can get caught if they are busy and simply react to the phishing message. The message may appear simply routine. For example “click here” to arrange for a Fed Ex delivery. Or it may seem urgent. For example “Your order for XYZ has shipped and your account has been charged $1,534.69.”

Phishing has advanced to text messages and is being called smishing. Be aware and don’t react, take some time before you click.