It’s safe to say we’ve all heard about phishing scams by now but as with anything tech-related, things move on quickly. Cybercriminals are always trying new and more powerful ways to trick you into giving away your data.
Have you ever received an SMS that you weren’t expecting, possibly from a well-known company? Maybe you received a notification that a courier was unable to deliver a package. These kinds of messages contain a link for you to click and rearrange delivery. But when you click the link, you’re taken to a spoof page which steals your information as soon as you enter it.
This allows the scammer behind it to use those details to access your online accounts. Or gives them access to your device. This is called smishing. The mobile phone is the equivalent of phishing. You and your employees need to be aware and ultra-vigilant.
Smishing attempts tend to be very successful for cybercriminals because SMS have much higher open rates than emails (SMS 98% vs. Email 20%).
Beware of any unexpected SMS messages asking you to act by clicking a link or calling a number. If you’re unsure if it’s a genuine message, contact the company directly using the details on their website or any paperwork you have from them. Contact us if you have any questions regarding your organization’s mobile phones.