Be Aware of the 4 Different Types of Phishing Scams

The bad guys are getting smarter and tricker everyday. Cybersecurity is becoming more of an issue and as a Managed IT Service Provider we have seen a rise in these attacks this past year. The most common way that a cybercriminal enters a business in through phishing scams. Here are the most common.


Tech support phishing emails alert you to exposure to malware on your computer. This is to scare you into thinking that you have malware already on your computer and that you are at risk. The hacker will then ask to install remote access software on your computer. They will say that it is in order to “fix” the problem. This is not the case. Once granted access to your system, the will install actual malware, putting your whole company at risk.


Clone phishing is exactly how it sounds. A hacker will create malicious, almost identical copies of legitimate emails and pass them off to unsuspecting employees. These email are almost always from reputable sources and their goal is to trick you into unknowingly sharing your private information.


Spear phishing is targeted and intentional. It involves attacks aimed at specific individuals or companies. The bad guys do their research on an individual before they ever send out anything. The purpose of this is to discover details about their target that will lend credibility to the email they will send in order to get into your business.


Whale phishing takes the highest level of research and time for a cybercriminal but it is usually worth it. This type of phishing refers to attacks directed specifically at senior executives and other high-profile targets. In 20 years proving IT support for companies, we've had 100s of clients reach out to us regarding phony emails. It happens to everyone, it's important to be aware.


A little about the author. Applied Integration is a Managed IT Service Provider that works with companies to add to or supplement their IT Departments. Operating in Salt Lake City servicing companies in Utah and nationwide for over 20 years, they specialize in IT Solutions, computer support, IT Management and software support including Microsoft 365, Windows 10 and Spruce POS systems.

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