January 20, 2020

5 Tips To Avoid Spear-Phishing Attacks

5 Tips To Avoid Spear-Phishing Attacks

“Phishing, very briefly defined, is where a cybercriminal tricks you into revealing something electronically that you ought to have kept to yourself.

The good news is that most of us have learned to spot obvious phishing attacks these days.

The bad news is that you can’t reliably spot phishing attacks just by watching out for obvious mistakes, or by relying on the crooks saying “Dear Customer” rather than using your name. You need to watch out for targeted phishing, often rather pointedly called spear-phishing, where the crooks make a genuine effort to tailor each phishing email, for example by customizing it both to you and to your company.

Spear-phishing, where the fake emails really are believable, isn’t just an issue for high-profile victims such as the Burismas of the world.”

Check out this great article by Naked Security for 3 tips on what to do and 5 tips on what NOT to do for keeping your information safe from spear-phishing attacks!