(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','https://www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-78946278-1', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview');
407-478-6600    Get SUPPORT

TaylorWorks Blog

TaylorWorks has been serving the Longwood area since 1999, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How to Spot Three Forms of Phishing Attacks

How to Spot Three Forms of Phishing Attacks

One of the crazy things about hackers is that they will do whatever it takes to ensure that they steal as much information and sensitive data as possible. One of the more innovative ways that hackers spread threats is through spam. Unwanted messages have grown from simple annoyances, to the spread of unwanted software and malware, all the way to sophisticated attacks on targeted individuals known as phishing attacks. Do you have ways to secure your business?

Phishing attacks come in various shapes and forms. Here are some of the most common ways that hackers will use elaborate phishing attacks to scam your business, including phone calls, normal emails, and social media.

Phishing Calls
If you receive calls from strange numbers that don’t leave messages, there’s a solid chance that you could be the target of a phishing call. These messages are designed to target specific employees within your organization to coax information out of them. They might try to be from IT support to steal a printer model number, or perhaps they are hoping to steal usernames and passwords. Either way, the point stands that your organization contains lots of information that a scammer finds helpful.

It’s incredibly important that you teach your employees to know the difference between a fake phone call and a real one. Put them through the ringer when they call and try to guarantee their authenticity (or lack thereof). You should always cross-check contact information before giving up any information to anyone. When in doubt, simply don’t give away anything important.

Phishing Emails
While a phishing phone call will be pressuring your staff to make an immediate decision, a phishing email will likely give you more time to decide if you want to hand over information or commit to a decision. Tailor-made and customized phishing messages have risen in popularity with the intention of stealing specific information from a specific user. Often times, phishing emails will convince the user to click on a malicious link or download an attachment.

Implementing a spam filter and employee training exercises can go a long way to secure your company from phishing attacks. However, it’s still important to be able to identify the throwaway signs of spam and phishing. You should look for spelling errors or incorrect grammar, falsified information, and just about anything else that doesn’t necessarily belong. Still, phishing messages have become more elaborate than ever before, so make sure to consult security professionals if you truly can’t tell the difference between a real and fake message.

Phishing Accounts
It’s easy to use social media for bad purposes. Hackers can use them to attack their targets through the identity of someone else. A hacker can take on any identity they want, which makes phishing accounts even more difficult to identify--particularly if they have taken the identity of someone you might know. In general, just try to avoid messages that come out of the blue, and use your previous interactions with the sender to see if they are (or aren’t) who they claim to be.

Overall, just ensure that you approach potential phishing incidents with skepticism. It’s the best way to make sure that your business doesn’t fall to spam and phishing attacks. To learn more about how you can secure your company, reach out to us at 407-478-6600.

Your Business Absolutely Needs BDR
Introducing the Three Types of Cloud Solutions
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, July 20 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Newsletter Sign Up

  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Tag Cloud

      Tip of the Week Security Technology Cloud Best Practices Managed IT Services Network Security Privacy Business Computing Hackers Data Backup Malware Hosted Solutions Email VoIP Microsoft Backup Data Recovery Mobile Devices Outsourced IT Google Software Cloud Computing Saving Money Tech Term Data Internet of Things Business Continuity Android Cybersecurity IT Support Small Business Efficiency BDR Innovation Internet Communications Ransomware Cybercrime Disaster Recovery Communication How To IT Services Smartphones Hardware Managed IT User Tips Business Router Law Enforcement Avoiding Downtime Data Security Managed IT Services Data Protection Money Collaboration Mobile Device Management BYOD Two-factor Authentication Artificial Intelligence Computers Business Intelligence Productivity Browser Smartphone Business Management Network Virtualization Phishing Windows Chrome Word Computer Blockchain App IT Support Redundancy Bandwidth Office 365 Connectivity Remote Monitoring Document Management Spam Alert Vulnerability Compliance Social Engineering Save Money Apps Productivity Gadgets Telephone Systems Proactive IT Mobility Applications Windows 10 Identity Theft Passwords Servers Data Breach Credit Cards Spam Blocking Microsoft Office Infrastructure Data loss Solid State Drive Operating System Value Business Owner Website Password Private Cloud Holiday Networking Workers Mobile Device Comparison Paperless Office Data Storage Firewall Smart Tech Update Analysis Budget VPN Facebook Big Data Flexibility Information Technology IT Management Employer-Employee Relationship Bring Your Own Device Education Upgrade CES Social Media IT Plan Windows 7 Work/Life Balance Content Management Unsupported Software Server Wi-Fi OneNote Access Control Theft End of Support Cache webinar Workplace Tips Trending Software Tips Computer Care Cortana Scam Virtual Reality Wireless Technology Office Tips Telephone System Health Authentication Google Apps Wireless Internet Botnet Conferencing Managed Service Provider Hacker Human Resources Marketing Lifestyle Physical Security Samsung Flash Automation Worker Commute Fraud Downtime Nanotechnology Wire Travel Entertainment Legal USB Staff HVAC Mobile Computing Technology Tips Amazon Root Cause Analysis Password Manager Sports Screen Mirroring Recovery Digital Signature Enterprise Content Management Windows 10s HBO Devices Sync Amazon Web Services Meetings Business Mangement Public Cloud Smart Office Software as a Service Cast Hard Drives Encryption Password Management IoT Outlook SaaS Thought Leadership Telephony Current Events Save Time Online Shopping Gmail Government Training Risk Management Strategy NIST Specifications Audit Frequently Asked Questions Streaming Media Skype Knowledge Evernote Recycling PDF Students Emails Content Filtering Black Market Cryptocurrency Millennials Insurance Excel Content Filter Start Menu Network Congestion Hacking The Internet of Things HaaS Wireless Charging eWaste Google Drive Healthcare Data Warehousing Charger HIPAA Battery Safe Mode Workforce Computer Fan Practices Tip of the week Storage Mobile IT Consultant Electronic Medical Records Fiber-Optic Remote Computing Criminal Users Electronic Health Records Google Docs Accountants File Sharing Telecommuting FENG Hosted Computing Windows Server 2008 Computing Infrastructure Professional Services Leadership Data Management Cables Keyboard Machine Learning Voice over Internet Protocol Netflix Unified Threat Management Wireless Business Technology Remote Work Inventory Addiction Tools Windows 10 Unified Communications YouTube Multi-Factor Security Settings Cleaning Patch Management Virtual Assistant Regulations Computer Accessories Content Music Company Culture 5G CrashOverride Internet exploMicrosoft Bluetooth Audiobook IBM Wearable Technology Instant Messaging Managing Stress Transportation Files Advertising Customer Relationship Management IP Address How to Benefits History Worker Customer Service Best Practice Troubleshooting Mobile Office Loyalty Office Smart Technology Domains Techology Rootkit Hosted Solution Shadow IT Relocation Public Speaking User Error Hybrid Cloud Humor Lithium-ion battery Two Factor Authentication Augmented Reality Tech Support Vendor Management Politics Assessment Safety Quick Tips Video Games WiFi Webinar Hiring/Firing Television Books Competition Colocation Fun Automobile IT solutions Public Computer Miscellaneous Twitter Scalability Emergency Internet Exlporer Employer Employee Relationship Search Experience Presentation

      Mobile? Grab this Article!

      QR-Code dieser Seite