Phishing, vishing and smishing
are just a few of the online scams cybercriminals use to steal private data, but this can be avoided through information and preventative action.
The addictive smartphone is another obvious target for fraudsters, attracting what's called smishing
(SMS phishing) scams where a message or text is sent inviting the user to click a link.
Of the smishing
attempts reported to Action Fraud, 80% requested that the recipient click onto a website link.
The Fyde app intercepts phishing, smishing
, vishing or online account takeover attacks on mobile devices in real-time, neutralizing threats.
SMS Phishing or SMiShing
, is a technique comparable to Internet phishing where users are fooled by a non-genuine message that looks interesting to steal OTP issued by online service providers.
It includes a link to a page that looks very like the official Santander one - but is in fact part of a sophisticated 'smishing
: The fraudster uses a bit of tech that lets them impersonate your bank's phone number.
Almost half (48%) of the information security professionals surveyed also said that the rate of phishing attacks is increasing, as are new attack variations such as vishing (voice phishing) and smishing
(SMS/text message phishing).
* Forty-five percent of infosec professionals reported experiencing phishing via phone calls (vishing) and SMS/text messaging (smishing
These attacks are known as vishing and smishing
Phishing -- also referred to as vishing, smishing
or pharming -- involves sending emails falsely claiming to be from a legitimate business in an effort to deceive the recipient into divulging personal information like passwords, credit card numbers and bank accounts.