Smishing is on the rise, but every time we post a smishing example on this blog we strive to do our part in helping to share the "pattern recognition" tips that make unsafe messages obvious. Today is another one of those days: we've got a typical smishing example for you, but we'll dissect it in great detail including at least seven warning signs that the message is probably unsafe. None of these seven warning signs are so strong that they would (individually) predict with 100% accuracy that the message is unsafe. However, when considered as a group, it becomes pretty obvious that this particular message is a smishing attempt.
This year, for many small businesses, a strong Cyber Monday is crucial for survival. With the wild gyrations in purchasing patterns and demand for particular products or services this year, there are a great many small businesses who have a lot of ground to make up on Cyber Monday 2020. With online sales. And it CAN'T go wrong. With that in mind, this post is for those of you that have an especially "high stakes" Cyber Monday ahead. Amongst all of the pressures related to your email and web promotional materials, your online ads, and your communications with existing customers and prospects, we know it's easy to forget about cybersecurity. The problem is that if cybersecurity goes wrong on Cyber Monday, there is no way to turn back the clock and regain the opportunity to "win big" on that incredibly high-traffic online shopping day. With that in mind, here are the five things that you absolutely need to do to get ready for a strong (and SAFE) Cyber Monday:
Smishing attacks are on the rise. Read this post to learn more about how a smishing example could fool you into giving up personal data.
Bad news. As if using email to impersonate an employee of a financial institution or other similarly trusted entity wasn’t brazen enough, hackers have set their eye on the next frontier: SMS. Smishing is on the rise, and it’s an adaptation of phishing, but performed via SMS (text message) rather than email. Particularly troubling is the fact that the average professional receives fewer SMS text messages than emails, and from a smaller circle — often creating a subconscious bias that messages received via SMS are less likely to be from outside of an inner circle of friends or colleagues. The potential for harm is enormous.