Cybercriminals are Phishing- Don't Take the Bait!


5 years ago, if you received an email from an African prince requesting $500 from you to receive his inheritance and a promise to pay you back $10,000 you’d know it’s spam and delete it.

Today, technology and spam have evolved- employing techniques that seek information ranging from login credentials to potential targets- techniques like social engineering.

What is Social Engineering?
Social engineering is a broad term, but short-and-sweet- it is manipulation through human interactions to obtain personal information. There are 5 types of social engineering (Phishing, Pretexting, Baiting, Quid Pro Quo, and Tailgating), but phishing is the most commonly used.

What is Phishing?

Phishing is an individual with malicious intentions posing as a reputable company to seek personal information via email.

Sometimes phishing emails are obvious because they’ll contain grammatical and/or spelling errors, but cybercriminals have learned that the tiniest details matter when phishing. In 2017 Gmail became the face of a phishing scam, that fooled even the most proficient tech users.

How Can I Avoid Phishing Schemes?

  • Don’t open any emails from untrusted sources
  • Verify the sender’s email address (is it or
  • Always go directly to the actual site
  • Don’t click any links within the email
  • Use email encryption and decryption available through email clients like Outlook Web Access (OWA)

If you’re a business, you receive emails from unknown sources- how can you continue to grow your business and not fall victim to phishing and spam emails?

We recommend using solutions like our mobile web browser applications, Sub Rosa and Sub Rosa Pro (available for Apple and Android) which allow you to securely browse sites, access Outlook Web Access, and sign/encrypt/decrypt (S/MIME) email. Sub Rosa is a smart card or derived credential enabled solution, that adds extra layers of security.

When using S/MIME features you can encrypt email meaning that the message can only be read by the intended recipient. You can also digitally sign messages, so the recipient knows the message is authentic. If you’ve ever had your email hacked, you know that the hacker will often begin sending spam emails from your email address- signed emails can motivate your contacts to avoid opening the fraudulent email.

To learn more about our simple mobile security solutions to help protect yourself from phishing and spam, email or call (817) 478-5070.