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Different Kinds of Phishing That You Might Encounter

Posted on: Monday, April 22, 2019

What is Phishing? Phishing is a cybercrime wherein a cybercriminal attempts to trick and gather sensitive information such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords through deceptive e-mails and websites’ malicious links. But aside from using your email accounts and website visits to gather personal data, there are other various ways on how a cybercriminal can take advantage of you:

  1. Vishing
    Vishing is similar with Phishing. However, instead of using emails, they make use of phone calls to trick someone into providing personal data. They will certainly communicate and make use of your friends, relatives’ name, or someone you may know to fool you.
  2. Smishing
    Smishing involves an SMS alerts or private message from someone pretending to be a person you trust or a reputable company. The message would sometimes invite the user to click on an attached link. Before clicking the link, verify first if the sender of the message is indeed the person you know or is the authorized personnel of the company they say they represent
  3. Search Engine Phishing
    Similar to website phishing, the cyber attackers will create a website which is very similar to another reputable website. The page consists of fake products or services that will lead people into signing up their personal information, including their credit details.
  4. Spear Phishing
    Spear Phishing targets a specific individual, organization, or business. Aside from stealing data from their victim’s devices, they also take this opportunity to install viruses and malware in the compromised system.
  5. Whaling
    Whaling is almost the same as spear phishing except that this one targets influential or high-profile individuals in business and government.

Phishing may start out small, but the effect it can have to you and your business can be devastating. Make sure to practice basic precautions to avoid becoming victim to one. If you believe you’ve become a victim to any kind of phishing, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Visit our website at www.webfocus.ph.

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