How to Recognize a Phishing Attempt

How to Recognize a Phishing Attempt

Phishing is a type of social engineering used to steal and collect data like login credentials, credit card, and bank account numbers, and other private information, or to get access to your company’s network. When they have that information, they can use it (or sell it) for identity theft, to access your accounts, or pose as you to people you know to get their information. Attackers pose as trusted entities, fooling victims into opening and clicking on the email, instant messages, and text messages. 

Awareness is the best defense against phishing and other types of cybercrime. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), phishing messages often look like they’re from a company you know or trust. These messages often tell a story to get you to click a link or open an attachment. Some common examples include messages that say:

  • They’ve noticed suspicious log-in attempts
  • There is a problem with your payment information
  • That you must confirm some personal information
  • Messages that include fake invoices
  • Messages that want you to click on a link to make a payment
  • Messages that want you to register for a government refund or coupon for free stuff

The FTC recommends that you take 4 basic steps to set a baseline of protection:

  1. Use security software that is set to update automatically.
  2. Set your mobile devices to update automatically.
  3. Use Multi-Factor Authentication.
  4. Back up your data regularly.

Hackers and other cybercriminals are adaptive. Their methods and creative approaches to getting your data are constantly changing. Also, coronavirus phishing is a new phenomenon and it’s on the rise.

See also: 3 Ways to Prevent a Ransomware Attack on your Business

You don’t have to be an expert in the latest phishing scams and breaches, however. At Xlingshot, we have an entire suite of tools and a team of experts to help your organization implement and maintain the FTC’s recommendations and then some. Our goal is to find solutions that work for you and your business while keeping costs under control. 

Our approach to delivering the best possible IT service is centered on you.  For a free consultation and technology assessment, please contact us today.

We know what it’s like to run a business and we know your time is valuable. We can:

  • learn about your business
  • give you some ideas on what improvements you can make right away
  • provide free advice on your approach to IT and remote work solutions

And if you’d like, we can show you where and how we can help.  Call (303)-410-2845. 

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