You’ve heard of phishing attacks by now. We touched on some of the facts about these kinds of scams and discussed Norton’s claim that of the 12,000 or so people surveyed in 2011, roughly 10% admitted they have been the victim of a phishing attack in the last year.
Phishing occurs when a victim is tricked into handing over their private information under false pretenses. It’s a simple concept that can be executed via simplistic or complex methods.
The more information a cybercriminal gains about someone, the easier it becomes for them to obtain login information, bank account credentials, social security numbers and so on. You’d be surprised how many people are susceptible to hacks just by what is publicly available online, coupled with some common sense. This is further proof of why it’s so important to remain vigilant when shopping, banking, and browsing online.
Check back with us soon for Part 6 of our pickpocket series.