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05 May 2021
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Security Tip of the Week – Smishing and Shortened URLs

Smishing (text message phishing) continues to grow in popularity. Smishing attacks can be difficult to catch, especially because both legitimate and phishy text messages tend to use shortened URLs. A URL is the web address of a page. Typically, the URL shows you where a link will take you. For example, a URL like https://blog[dot]knowbe4[dot]com/why-should-we-care-about-personal-smishing-attacks...

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28 Apr 2021
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Security Tip of the Week – Voice Changing “Catphish”

In a recent phishing attack that targets single men, cybercriminals show us how they use modern technology to trick their victims. The scam starts with the cybercriminal posing as a single woman and befriending their target on social media. Then, they start building rapport with the target through various interactions. Eventually, the cybercriminal sends audio...

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21 Apr 2021
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Security Tip of the Week – Tricky PDF Files

Cybercriminals have a new favorite phishing lure: PDF files. A PDF is a standard file type that presents text and images in their original format regardless of which program you use to open the file. Unfortunately, this makes the use of PDFs a great way for cybercriminals to get creative and trick victims into clicking...

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07 Apr 2021
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Security Tip of the Week – Classic Facebook Phishing

While cyber threats continue to advance in new and intimidating ways, classic phishing methods are still a favorite among bad guys. Let’s take a look at a recent Facebook-themed phishing attack and see if you can spot the red flags: The email appears to come from Facebook and starts with “Hi User”. The body states...

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31 Mar 2021
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Security Tip of the Week – Instagram Influencer Scams

As the name suggests, an influencer is someone whose opinions influence a large social media audience. While influencers usually attract sponsorships from legitimate brands, these accounts can also be used as a tool for cybercriminals. Instagram influencers often host special giveaways to raise brand awareness. Typically followers are asked to comment on the post for...

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24 Mar 2021
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Security Tip of the Week – Malicious Mobile Apps in Disguise

Google recently removed a number of dangerous mobile applications (apps) from the Google Play store. These were disguised as generic VPN and audio control apps that appeared to be safe, but once installed, they tricked victims into allowing downloads from untrusted sources. If you download a disguised app and fall victim to this scam, a...

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17 Mar 2021
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Security Tip of the Week – Scammers Use FINRA as Phish Bait

Earlier this month, cybercriminals impersonated the largest brokerage regulation company in the US: the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Seeing such a vital organization be used as phish bait is chilling. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, this scam is easy to spot! The phishing email starts with the vaguely-startling subject line “ATTN:...

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10 Mar 2021
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Security Tip of the Week – LinkedIn File Sharing Scam

LinkedIn is a networking site used to connect with colleagues, employers, and other business contacts. Even though LinkedIn is designed for professionals, it is just as vulnerable as any other social media platform. In a recent scam, cybercriminals use stolen LinkedIn accounts to message the contacts of those accounts. The message includes a link to...

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23 Sep 2020
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Security Tip of the Week – Third Party Phishing

Working with a third-party organization can be a great help, but what happens if that third party falls victim to a cybersecurity attack?

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