How to keep yourself
and your business
safe from online scams
The best way to protect yourself is being able to identify phishing right away
Phishing is the practice of sending fake information while pretending to be a reliable source to obtain a person or business’ private information. It’s often done through email. While your junk folder catches some phishing emails, it may not direct all of them away from your main inbox. The goal of these emails is to get sensitive information like your credit card or passwords. Some phishing scams also try to install malware on your computer. This is why it’s always important to use caution when opening emails or links from unknown sources.
Spear phishing targets a specific group or individual, rather than a large number of people. This way they can customize the message to something that would interest or scare their target.
Whaling is when scammers go after a high-profile victim like a celebrity or CEO of a company. This kind of phishing often takes time to plan and scammers will wait until just the right moment to get access to this person’s information.
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Nearly everyone who has a phone or computer will be the victim of a phishing attack, and they can lead to serious consequences.
Phishing scams are after your most private information, like your credit card or social insurance numbers, your login information or other personal data. For individuals, falling victim to one of these scams can mean losing money, having fraudulent charges on your credit card, losing access to online files or accounts or identity theft. For businesses, their corporate funds, public reputation, personal information of employees and customers and other confidential information are all at risk.
Phishing scams will only continue to increase and get more sophisticated. Here are some ways to protect yourself and spot scams right away: