How to Prevent A Phishing Attack

How to Prevent A Phishing Attack

October 13, 2021

Phishing scams are the most common cyber attack you're likely to experience. We've all seen one a scam promising us a million dollars if we act now, or a fake email from Amazon wanting to provide an update for "your upcoming order." Last week, I even received one that appeared to be from the CEO of Blue Ridge Risk Partners.

Phishing emails are very profitable for cybercriminals. In fact, 22% of data breaches involve phishing. Thousands of people fall victim to them each year. Phishing scams are avoidable if you know to correctly identify and prevent them.

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What is Phishing?

According to Merriam Webster, phishing is the practice of tricking Internet users (as through the use of deceptive email messages or websites) into revealing personal or confidential information which can then be used illicitly.

Phishing is a type of cybercrime where cyber criminals use email, mobile, or social channels posing to be someone they are not. They try to get personal information - bank details, credit card information, etc. This information can then be used for identity theft to crippling down company computer systems.