Phishing and fishing. Two words that sound the same but ultimately produce wildly different outcomes - and, unfortunately, they’re both pretty much household words by now. As more of our day-to-day activities move into the digital space, cybercriminals are cashing in on our blind faith in the content that crosses our screens.
Phishing, in the digital sense of the word, is when a hacker sends you a fraudulent e-mail masquerading as business correspondence. These e-mails often trick the receiver into opening links or attachments that are harmful, or entering personal information like passwords or credit card numbers into fake sites, which then allows for the information to be stolen and used illegally.
More sophisticated, more devious
The rise of phishing emails and subsequent scams has become a massive threat to people and companies around the globe. The FBI has even been involved in stopping multi-million dollar criminal rings that target finance employees across a variety of industries. These types of scams are growing more and more sophisticated as people become increasingly aware of the potential effects.
To combat this rising sophistication, many companies are offering their employees training to help them identify potential scams. From a business perspective, employees who fall prey to a phishing attack can cause great damage to their company’s reputation and its bottom line.
Build your knowledge, protect yourself
But what about on a personal level? There are plenty of news-you-can-use articles available online - including some on our very own Graycon blogs - to help you learn more about digital security and protecting yourself from phishing scams.
Recently, Google released an excellent resource for individuals wishing to learn about phishing - and, at the same time, test their newfound knowledge with a handy quiz. What’s legit, and what is really a digital wolf in sheep’s clothing? Try your hand and take the quiz. There’s an immediate learning component as well, with the quizmasters showing you why the e-mail you just saw was either real or fake - and offering tips on what to look out for next time.
Make sure to check it out . . . because in contrast to a fishing tale, a phishing tale is one you never want to repeat.