What is a phishing attack?
Phishing is a type of social engineering attack that is frequently used to steal sensitive information from users, such as login credentials and credit card numbers.
It happens when a hacker poses as a trustworthy entity and convinces a victim to open an email, instant message, or text message. So, how do you protect yourself from phishing scams?
- Be wary of emails that ask you to take action. – Do not click on anything in an email or text message that asks you to take a specific action or download software. Instead, go to the organization’s official website. You will no longer be able to download malicious content from phishing links.
- Watch out for shortened links – Shortened links, especially on social media, should be given special attention. These – from Bitly and other shortening services – are frequently used by cybercriminals to trick you into thinking you’re clicking a legitimate link when you’re actually being directed to a fake site.
- Browse securely with HTTPs – When browsing, you should always use a secure website (indicated by https:// and a security “lock” icon in the browser’s address bar), especially when submitting sensitive information online, such as credit card information.
As always, if you think you have been subject to this type of scam, please call JENLOR for assistance at (412) 220-9330.