We’ve adopted these hashtag for our social media posts, because we feel it is really important to start using plain language when talking about the world of cyber.
All too often we see terms being used that normal people don’t understand and even when they ‘Google’ it there’s still confusion. How can anyone begin to protect themselves if they don’t understand what they are dealing with? #confused
We are going to focus on cyber crime in this post. Please understand that criminals are using technology to commit offences nowadays. They can still break into buildings and trick us but they can also do that on the Internet. Here’s a few with some simple examples;
Phishing – An email sent to deceive you. The likelihood being, if you open it, that something bad will happen.
Spear phishing – like the above but targeted to a specific individual.
Vhishing – someone is going to try and deceive you by means of a telephone.
Smishing – someone is going to try and deceive you with the use of a text message.
Whaling – another form of phishing. This is where a senior manager is targeted (big fish). It could also involve an email from the criminal to a junior member of staff. Typically saying the manager is stuck somewhere and needs money urgently. Any money transferred will go to the criminal.
Things to look out for.
Trying to invoke panic or urgency in the recipient
Links or attachments in the emails
Poor grammar or spelling errors
Callers who put you under pressure and are evasive.
If in doubt, DO NOT CLICK OR OPEN a suspicious email. If it does prove to be genuine the sender will get in touch another way.
Watch out for my #cyberbusting tips in future posts.