What is Phishing?
Phishing is a cybercrime that is increasing across the globe. Phishing itself is where a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information. This normally includes banking details, credit cards, passwords, access to other sensitive data (databases of addresses etc) and even sometimes urgent requests for payments and services.
The information is then used to access important accounts and can result in identity theft, financial loss and sometimes limit access to business critical services.
Unfortunately, even the most advanced technology won’t stop every phishing attack, as whilst good IT equipment and services will capture phishing attempts, some will still get through to a user.
It’s essential for all business and personal users to understand the most common types of Phishing.
The best form of defense Is knowledge on phishing and digitalguardian.com has an excellent breakdown of just what the many forms of phishing are and how to stop it.
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