Phishing Boom

Have been reading about and experiencing an increase in phishing attacks and an increase in their sophistication. Wikipedia defines phishing as:

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

There was a good article published late last year which talks about why they are getting more dangerous and I highly recommend you take a look at it. Phishing emails are harder to spot, they come from trusted sources, they know a lot about you and the people you are around and they have specific targets in mind to steal from you. They no longer are impersonal emails about a package delivery. Now they are related to your job function and they may reference people you know. This article is spot on.

An article published last October told of how to spot these emails. I recommend you study this message and then pass it along to friends and family. You might think you’ve got this figured out, well then help your co-workers, family and friends figure it out too.

About 18 months ago I did a security ‘talk’ to my family and I covered topics like passwords, computer updates, phishing and other related ideas. I think I need to do it again and I was thinking about doing an afternoon session for whoever wants to attend where I go to church. If you are informed, tell someone else. This stuff is dangerous.

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