Back to Basics on Cyber Awareness Month: How to tell if you're falling victim to a phishing attack (Infographic Inside)


October 20, 2022

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Back to Basics on Cyber Awareness Month: How to tell if you're falling victim to a phishing attack (Infographic Inside)

Cyber Awareness Month is all about helping individuals protect themselves, their data and money from online threats. It’s about raising awareness of digital security and the importance of knowing how to identify nasty threats that lurk in cyberspace.

Holiday phishing season is almost here. So let’s make the most of this Cyber Awareness Month and explore one of the most basic forms of social engineering in the online world – a form that costs millions of internet users their data and money.

Phishing refers to the practice of sending fake communication pretending to come from a reputable source that aims to trick you into revealing sensitive information, such as your login credentials and financial information.

While phishing takes many forms, the end goal of the attackers are always the same; to compromise your accounts or device to steal your money.

Phishing emails start with a lure to hook victims. Messages pose as trustworthy communications from a company or organization you know or trust. They may appear to be sent from a bank, credit card company, social media or cryptocurrency platform, online payment website or an e-commerce platform.

The fraudulent emails often tell a story, a plausible one, to trick you into clicking on a link, sending your personal info or opening a malicious attachment. The attackers may:

  • say they’ve noticed some suspicious activity or login attempts on your account
  • claim there’s a problem with your account or payment information
  • say you must confirm some personal information
  • include a fake invoice
  • want you to click on a link to make a payment
  • claim to be from the police or government organization
  • offer a coupon for free stuff
  • ask you to confirm your login credentials in your organization

The upcoming holiday shopping season offers a huge opportunity for malicious actors to prepare an arsenal of hooks to lure unwary shoppers. Most phishing emails look and sound like correspondence from the organization they mimicking, but they include these telltale signs that should make think twice before you click:

  • The unsolicited correspondence displays an uncommon sense of urgency to heighten your emotions and make you act fast
  • The email addresses and domain names don’t match
  • The promises sound too good to be true
  • The subject and body of the email may contain typos or poor grammar, inconsistent language and punctuation errors
  • It involves sending money
  • The email contains suspicious links and attachments and warns of negative consequences if you don’t act now

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Alina is a history buff passionate about cybersecurity and anything sci-fi, advocating Bitdefender technologies and solutions. She spends most of her time between her two feline friends and traveling.

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