What is that phishy smell?

Phishing - Whats that smell

What is that phishy smell?

What is that phishy smell?

How to spot the bad guys before they get their hooks in!

Here at the Geeky HQ, hardly a week goes by without a client being targeted by a phishing scam. Phishing is when good people (like you) get tricked by giving over confidential information (usually to do with money and login details) to an evil hacker who is going to steal your details and use them to pickpocket your account or server.

So we thought we would put together some examples of what these ‘phishing’ emails look like so you have a better idea of what to look out for – the mantra remains the same – If your ever unsure, knock at our door (or just message us) whichever is easier!

What is a Phishing Attack?

Picture this: you’re innocently scrolling through your inbox, waiting for that Friday feeling to kick in. Suddenly, a message pops up, claiming to be your bank. The subject line screams something urgent about your account being compromised. Panic mode engaged, you click on the email, and bam! You’ve been phished.

But what exactly is phishing, and why should businesses be on high alert? Well, my friends, phishing is like the art of deception in the digital realm. It’s when sneaky cybercriminals impersonate trustworthy individuals or organizations to trick unsuspecting victims into revealing sensitive information or clicking on malicious links.

When it comes to businesses, phishing poses a whole new level of risk. Imagine the chaos that can ensue when an employee unknowingly falls for a phishing scheme and hands over their login credentials or other confidential data. Cyber attackers can use this stolen information to gain unauthorised access to company systems, snoop around sensitive data, or even launch full-blown cyber-attacks.

But that’s not all! Phishing attacks can also lead to devastating financial losses for businesses. Tricksters can dupe unsuspecting employees into wiring money to fraudulent accounts or providing credit card information for bogus purchases. And let’s not forget the damage done to a company’s reputation when customers’ personal data gets compromised. The fallout from a successful phishing attack can be a real nightmare.

So, how can businesses protect themselves from these digital pirates? Education is key, my friends! Training your employees to spot the signs of phishing attacks and teaching them to be cautious while navigating the treacherous online seas can be a game-changer. Encourage your team to scrutinize emails carefully, double-check URLs before clicking, and report any suspicious activity.

Implementing robust security measures like multi-factor authentication and email filtering tools can also help bolster your defences against phishing. Stay up to date with the latest security patches, and regularly back up critical data to minimise the impact of a potential breach.

Remember, it’s a dangerous digital world out there, but armed with knowledge and a healthy dose of skepticism, businesses can ward off those phishing scammers and sail through the online seas with confidence. Stay alert, stay safe, and keep those phishing pirates at bay!

Phishing – Examples of the stink!

  1. The “We are really honest, trust us, what’s the worst that could happen?” fake email

These bad-uns come through to your inbox looking like good honest requests from a trusted source to hop over to Sharepoint and download some really useful information, files, folders or images.

Phoshing and how to stop it

  1. The “Did these people even go to school” fake email

This looks really strange to start off with. There is now way Microsoft would even send this type of message – they usually ask for information through a text message with two factor authentication (2FA), whithout using a very strange email address and all their information is very carefully spell checked.

How to stop phishing

So there we have it, a couple of examples of bad-uns sending fake emails through, there are several more things to look out for.

As a general rule, if you receive an email from a business or personal contact that looks suspicious don’t click it – instead contact your friendly geeks and they will take care of it for.

If you do click it, by mistake or you think it’s OK and then find out it isn’t, then get in touch with your geeks right away – we will be able to save the day – somehow!

WTS Systems provide 24/7 support, secure monitoring, business continuity, cloud computing for SMEs across the UK.