A phishing attack is a cyber criminal who sends a counterfeit message with a link that resembles a reputable companies website. The cyber criminal hopes that the victim will input their personal information like account numbers, address, and internet passwords so, they can steal the victim’s identity to use online or in person. A warning sign to look for that a message could be a phishing attack is a sense of urgency in the heading or message. Another warning sign are spelling errors because reputable companies have staff members who double check that the companies messages are high quality. Also, a warning sign is an email domain that does not match the reputable companies that the cyber criminal claims the message is being sent from.  

For example, a client needs to pay a few thousand dollars to a company they are a member at and a cyber criminal gets ahold of this information. The cyber criminal emails him using an email similar to companies but changes the “o” to a “0” so, he does not expect fraud. The email includes a message that says the balance is due and a link to a counterfeit website that asks for things like login, password, and bank information.  

A good way to handle a phishing attack is to instantly change the password to the account the phishing attack is about. Another way to handle a phishing attack is to use multi-factor authentication because a cyber criminal cannot access your account if they do not have access to your cell phone or email account.  Also, if you did provide your information without knowing it was a phishing attack and had money or your identity stolen from you report it to law enforcement.   

The members at Partners Plus, Inc. will receive expert recommendations about how to prevent themselves from being a victim of a phishing attack and a good way to handle a phishing attack if they become a victim. All in all, do not open suspicious messages that could lead to your identity being stolen and if you do become a victim of a phishing attack change your passwords.  

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Partners Plus, Inc. began in 1991 as an outsourced IT department after working as the Director of Programming and a Consultant for six years. For 30+ years now, we have been 100% committed to ensuring small- and medium-sized business owners have the most reliable and professional virtual CIO in the Delaware Valley. Our dedicated team of professionals will solve your IT nightmares quickly and without confusion on your part.

Our customer-specific memberships deliver your needs without overstepping your budget boundaries. From cloud services and data backups to ransomware prevention and Dark Web monitoring, Partners Plus is here to work with you and your expert company, dependable outsourced IT support and security.

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