Different Types of Phishing & How to Prevent It

Phishing for Awareness: A Series

Phishing is no joke. And no, we are not talking about the aspiring sport of baiting a hook and reeling in a big one. We are talking about Phishing; a practice in which hackers exploit to induce individuals in revealing their personal information. There many different types of phishing and ways in which it can be prevented. Follow us through this blog series to increase your phishing awareness.

During phishing attacks, scammers send fake emails asking for sensitive information, such as bank details, usernames, and/or passwords. These emails have the potential to contain links you could possibly click on, only to send you to a bad website, which in this case, would enable a URL Phishing Attack.

You may be wondering: Why would you give any personal or sensitive information out to a person you do not know? or How could someone even persuade you enough to agree to give away personal information? 

Well, it’s quite simple.

During a phishing attack, email addresses are spoofed to look like they are coming from a co-worker or a real-seeming business. In some cases, they even go as far as putting the actual company logo in the signature making it seem as legit as possible. At first glance, these emails seem to be coming from a reputable company with their logo’s and everything. Without a thorough dive into the email, it is quite easy to fall for their trap.

Phishing is constant, consistent and does not come with any consent. The types of phishing and the ways in which a target can be phished does not change. A hacker knows every in and out way in which to induce an individual to become a target. They will not stop trying to target you until they have succeeded. Once they have succeeded, it will be too late for you, as the individual, to stop them. You have no say in anything that can or will be stolen in the process of the attack.

These induced individuals not only include yourself, individually, but if you are a business owner, it also includes your employees and your clients. Besides an individual’s personal information being taken, a company’s entire client list of personal information or even private company data could fall into the wrong hands.

Phishing is a cybercrime that is portrayed as a threat to an individual or an entire company. The best way to start preventing phishing, as well as any other cybercrime, is to become aware of all the possibilities in which the attacker can target and strike you before they ever do. There are many different types of phishing attacks and ways in which it can be prevented, however awareness is the most effective. In this blog series, we will help grasp the true, full evidence of phishing and deliver the awareness you need to successfully avoid an attack. This series will hopefully, in a way, leave you in complete shock and ready to take full action.

Visit us here next week to follow up with the Phishing 4 Awareness series. We will go more in depth on the many different types of phishing that have the potential to become a threat to you and your business.

Learn more about phishing in our “Phishing for awareness” series:

PFA: Pop-up messages, email spoofing & URL Phishing Attacks

PFA: Business Email Compromise Schemes and Website Spoofing

PFA: Impersonation and Social Media

PFA: Spear Phishing & Subdomain Attacks

PFA: Malware Injection & Image Phishing

PFA: Clone, Man-in-the-Middle & Search Engine Phishing Attacks

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