Phishing is a type of cyber-attack in which an attacker pretends to be a trustworthy entity to trick individuals into sharing sensitive information, such as login credentials, personal data, or financial information. Phishing attacks are becoming increasingly common, with the FBI reporting that phishing is one of the most common types of cyber-attack. In this blog post, we will discuss how phishing works and provide best practices to decrease the success of phishing attacks.
How Phishing Works
Phishing attacks can occur through various methods, such as email, text messages, social media, or even phone calls. Attackers use social engineering techniques to trick individuals into clicking on malicious links, downloading malware, or revealing sensitive information. The most common phishing method is through email, where attackers send an email that appears to be from a trusted source, such as a bank, a social media platform, or an e-commerce site.
The email will usually contain a call to action, such as "verify your account" or "reset your password," which directs the user to a fake website that looks like the legitimate one. The phony website will then prompt the user to enter their login credentials or other sensitive information, which the attacker can use for malicious purposes.
Best Practices to Decrease the Success of Phishing Attacks
Phishing attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and it is vital to stay vigilant and follow best practices to protect yourself from them. By being wary of suspicious emails, verifying the sender, using multi-factor authentication, keeping your software up to date, and educating yourself and others, you can decrease the success of phishing attacks and keep your personal information safe.
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FBI. (2021). Internet Crime Report 2020. https://www.ic3.gov/Media/PDF/AnnualReport/2020_IC3Report.pdf
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