How much do you really know about Phishing scams?

Phishing is when someone pretends to be someone else in order to send you a fake email. Phishers are people who use these techniques to scam others. Phishing is a very common form of fraud that occurs on the Internet. Most phishers want to trick people into believing that they are contacting them with an important message. They may also want to steal sensitive information, like passwords and credit card numbers, by pretending to be a reputable company.

A lot of phishers are very persistent and have different ways to trick people. They may also change their methods over time, depending on what they think will work best. Phishers can use a variety of techniques to trick you. They may pretend to be you, pretending to be an IT support person, and ask you to do things like click on links in emails or download attachments. They can also pretend to be a company and ask you to do things like enter your credit card information or give them your personal information.

What makes phishers such experts at deception?

They may have a lot of experience, and they may study about you to make sure they will be successful.

They may also know a lot about the Internet and about what works. They may be able to change their methods quickly and adapt to new techniques.

Here are some simple steps you can take to help protect yourself from phishing scams.

  1. Don’t open any attachments or click on links in emails.
  2. Check your email’s sender address. If it doesn’t look like the real company name, then don’t click it.
  3. Be careful where you click links in emails. If it takes you to a website that looks suspicious, then close the browser window and find another one.
  4. If you think you might have downloaded malware, or are unsure if you did, then turn off your computer and run a full scan.
  5. Keep your software up to date, and don’t let it get too old.
  6. Make sure you update your software regularly.
  7. Don’t use a public Wi-Fi connection when you’re downloading something. It’s a risk.
  8. Avoid opening email attachments from people you don’t know.
  9. If you think you have been phished, then contact the company immediately.

Our latest video looks at how you can protect your business from this dangerous crime.