Don’t get caught like a Bass in a lake in Phishing Attack.

Phishing attacks are one of the most common and effective types of cyberattacks.

Phishing attacks are when cyber criminals send fraudulent emails or texts purporting to be from a legitimate source, such as a bank, credit card company, or even an employer. The email will often ask for personal information, such as your username and password, or ask you to open an attachment or click on a link.

Phishing attacks are one of the most common and effective types of cyberattacks.

A study found that 91% of all cyberattacks start with a phishing email. And, according to the FBI. Phishing victims lost an average of $5,000 per incident in 2016 alone. That’s why it’s so important to recognize a phishing email when you see one. The best way to do that is to familiarize yourself with the common signs of a phishing attack.

The most common signs of a Phishing Attack are:

  • Urgent or threatening language – Phishing emails often use urgent or threatening language to scare you into responding right away. For example, they may say that your account will be closed if you don’t act immediately or that your personal information was compromised, and you need to act fast.
  • Request for personal information – One of the most common tactics used in phishing attacks is to ask for personal information, such as your username, password, or social security number. The goal is to get you to provide this information before you have a chance to think about it and realize that the request is likely fraudulent.
  • Poor grammar and spelling – Phishing emails often have poor grammar and spelling, which is a telltale sign they may not be legitimate. Remember that legitimate organizations are careful with their language and will take the time to make sure their emails are properly written.
  • Links or attachments – Phishing emails often include malicious links or attachments, which can infect your computer with malware if you click on them. Be very careful about clicking on links or downloading attachments from emails, especially if they come from sources that you don’t know or trust. (Pro Tip: If you doubt the email call the person who sent it and ask if it was them who sent it).

How to mitigate phishing attacks

There are many ways that you can protect yourself from phishing attacks:

– Be careful about opening attachments from people or companies that you don’t know. Avoid opening attachments that are in rich text format (RTF). These could contain malicious code.

– Be suspicious of any unsolicited emails asking for personal information or money, especially if they seem too good to be true.

– Don’t click on links in email messages unless you’re sure they’re safe. This includes links in social media posts and chat messages from unknown people.  Do you have questions give Slick Cyber Systems a call at 570-215-8888.

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