Plenty of Phish

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Earlier this year at the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic, PC magazine reported that phishing attacks increased by 350%.
In order to protect your business from these attacks, it is important to first understand exactly what is phishing?
Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords, and credit card information, by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
According to a report from Google, these attackers are proving to be very successful during this time of COVID-19. Google found there were 149,195 active phishing websites in January. That number rose by 50 percent in February to 293,235 websites. In March, there are 522,495—a 350 percent increase since the beginning of the year.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to see what anyone can feasibly do about this problem. Cybercrime schemes generate $1 trillion more in revenue than Walmart, so these attacks aren’t going to stop any time soon.
But, here are some things you can do about these attacks.
1. Pay attention to the websites you go to — the URL is usually a dead giveaway.
2. Only open emails that come from a trusted source.
3. Use a password manager and a VPN to keep your information safe and privacy intact.


September 23, 2020



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