5 Common Phishing Attacks Threatening Your Business
Here’s how to protect your small business!
Most small businesses experience phishing attacks at some point. Hackers and thieves design these attacks to steal sensitive user data like credit card numbers, login information, or passwords.
Usually these attacks appear via innocent messages that have malicious links or various files that include malware.
This article will give a brief breakdown of different attacks, to help give your small business the information it needs to avoid falling victim to them!
Deceptive phishing is one of the most common forms of phishing attacks. Scammers send a message that mimics the signature or style of a major company. The idea is to make the intended victim hand over their credentials and personal information by convincing them that the website they are on is legitimate one. This is often done by setting up look alike websites; websites that look very similar to popular websites like Facebook, Gmail, or others often will very similar URLs as well can often successfully trick users into putting in their information.
The thing that will usually set it apart is that deceptive phishing attacks always have a sense of urgency. The best way to avoid phishing attacks is to check the URL of any website you’re about to visit. Facebook.com for example is the official URL of Facebook, however a phishing website attempting to steal Facebook login information may use Facebook1.com.
Many companies do a great job of limiting the number of available similar URLs to theirs, however practicing caution never hurts, especially online.
“The best way to avoid phishing attacks is to check the URL of any website you’re about to visit.”
Ransomware phishing attacks are problematic because they end up locking you out of your own data. The way ransomware phishing works is that it includes a link to download malware. The malware will often be a trojan horse, meaning
Common ransomware attacks begin by receiving a strange email over email. If
After infection, what happens is the ransomware will lock certain files and ask you to pay to have them unlocked. The problem is that
They will send a malicious URL with their request or an attachment for you to download. The email will require you to click or download as fast as possible. Once you use them, your personal data
The best protection against spear phishing is checking with others in your institution if someone who claims to know you
This is a common phishing attack over the phone. A scammer will send the same text to
Executives on average are older, meaning many scammers believe they are easier targets and may therefore direct their attacks to target them more precisely.
If you want to prevent phishing attacks without having to worry about data loss or even identity theft, get in touch with Tech Masters! Our team is here to provide you with some of the best security services on the market. We have been providing high quality IT protection for more than a decade and have the knowhow and manpower to help protect your company against all kinds of attacks! Get in touch with us today and let us protect your business against hackers, scammers, and other bad characters.
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