Cyber criminals are finding it more & more difficult to hack into systems, so they are choosing an easier target: PEOPLE!
Cybercrime is a lucrative trade and it's growing. Criminals have identified where the money is and, as a result, cybercrime continues to be a major threat. The more we know about cybercrime, the better equipped we will be to defend against it; and the best way to do that is to understand who the typical perpetrators are, what motivates them and what methods they use to perpetrate their crimes.
A social engineering technique used to deceive people into divulging information. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from legitimate companies to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as usernames, passwords & credit card numbers.
This an intrusive software that is designed to damage and destroy computers and computer systems. Malware is a contraction for “malicious software.” Examples of common malware includes viruses, worms, Trojan viruses, spyware, adware, and ransomware.
A form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Malicious actors then demand ransom in exchange for decryption.
Corporate Account Takeover
A type of business identity theft where cyber thieves gain control of a business' bank account by stealing employee passwords and other valid credentials. Thieves can then initiate fraudulent wire and ACH transactions to accounts controlled by the thieves.
Securing Your Email
Understand that no email communication is 100% secure, but we can do our best to bring the percentage close to that by following some practical safeguards.
Protect your email address – your email address is like your phone number and exposing your email address online puts you at risk of being targeted by cyber criminals and spammers – think twice before you use it or use a disposable address that you don’t use much, keep your real address private and only use it with your trusted contacts.
- Never reply to unsolicited emails
- Always avoid clicking on any hyperlinks
- Avoid downloading pictures in spam
- Avoid scams and advance-fee fraud emails
- Be careful how much information you share
- Treat with extreme caution any unsolicited email
- Don’t use unsecure email accounts to send and receive sensitive information
- Don’t send personal and financial information via email
- Encrypt your important emails
- Verify email attachments are valid from the sender prior to opening
Additional Security Resources
To learn more about the top scams currently circulating, visit these sites.
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