This Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart
Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues, and this week’s theme is “Fight the Phish.” Ah yes, the cybersecurity world’s favorite nemesis—the ubiquitous, highly effective phishing attack. According to the FBI Internet Crime Report 2020, phishing claimed the most victims of all U.S. cybercrimes this past year.
Unfortunately, some of those victims were kids. So let’s talk about some strategies that parents can use to help their kids avoid falling victim to the next phishing scam.
Phishing is a pernicious representative of the “social engineering” category of cyberattacks. Here’s a quick definition of phishing from our peers at Phishing.org:
“Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.”
One of the more common examples of phishing is an email that perfectly mimics an email from the bank, but directs users to malicious URLs in an attempt to separate people from their personal information.