Staying Safe During the Holiday Spear Phishing Season
By now, we are all hopefully aware of the unsavory practice of phishing - which is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and even money) by pretending to be a legitimate entity.
Well now, there is an even more suspicious practice known as spear phishing. This new trend is dangerous because, according to the fbi.gov website - "instead of casting out thousands of e-mails randomly hoping a few victims will bite, spear phishers target select groups of people with something in common - they work at the same company, bank at the same financial institution, attend the same college, order merchandise from the same website, etc. The e-mails are ostensibly sent from organizations or individuals the potential victims would normally get e-mails from, making them even more deceptive. Then, they send e-mails that look like the real thing to targeted victims, offering all sorts of urgent and legitimate-sounding explanations as to why they need your personal data. Finally, the victims are asked to click on a link inside the e-mail that takes them to a phony but realistic-looking website, where they are asked to provide passwords, account numbers, user IDs, access codes, PINs, etc." (See below for tips to stay safe.)
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from everyone here at eNet Systems.
Visit our website - "Section #1 - Use these tips to stay safe this holiday season" - to read four tips to avoid spear phishing.
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