phish·ing
ˈfiSHiNG/
noun
 the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

 

Long gone are the days of only relying on antivirus software and running programs like malwarebytes (which we like) to cleanup after you’ve been compromised. Hackers and scammers are now using social engineering and Phishing to get to your data and compromise your systems…or worse.

This isn’t a new approach. In fact, it’s been around a long time and has been quite effective for scammers. Recently this type of approach has really hurt a good number of folks. From hijacking admin accounts to getting people to install ransomware among other compromises.

And most likely because Google is so large, as of late they’ve been the focus and have had a string of issues. There are numerous articles now addressing this. Click here to read about the latest.

I won’t go into the numerous ways to avoid and detect as every scenario is different. But, at a minimum, you can help by following some suggestions below…

  • Do have a respectable and fully updated antivirus program installed.
  • If it’s too good to be true, it likely is. Don’t click on it.
  • Use Two Factor Authentication whenever possible.
  • If something is asking for your credentials, think twice before entering.
  • Hover over links to see if the URL is credible.
  • When in doubt, don’t do it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t hesitate to call us if you aren’t sure. It is better to be safe than sorry and we’ll both be glad if we can stop something before it starts.