(We’re confident you know this one.) It’s when attackers attempt to trick users into doing ‘the wrong thing’, such as clicking a bad link in an email that will download malware or direct you to a dodgy website.
Smishing is when scams are sent via text (SMS) messages to mobile phones. Like phishing, you’ll receive a message that looks like it came from a trusted source. Display names can be spoofed to make the texts appear authentic.
Vishing follows the same thread but this time via voicemail or a phone call. You know, “following your recent accident…” or “you owe HMRC some money…”
Since the pandemic, QR codes have made a comeback (touch-free access to information) and because of this, cybercriminals are placing QR codes in places to be clicked and are sending you exactly where they want you.
Whaling is Phishing for large organisations and the senior executives within – hoping to persuade them into transferring large sums of money.
A very targeted form of Phishing that is personalised to you. Whereby, the attacker is disguised as a known and trusted individual.