Cybersecurity Month Tips – Spoofing

October is Cybersecurity Month. We like to take this opportunity to share some useful reminders to keep you safe from cyber-threats.

Spoofing is the most common type of cyber-crime. Spoofing is the act of disguising a communication as coming from a trusted source in an attempt to trick you into providing sensitive information about you or your organization to cyber-criminals. Spoofing can also infect computers with malware, cause data breaches and loss of revenue to organizations.

 

  • Email Spoofing occurs when an attacker uses email to trick the recipient into thinking sender is a trusted. These emails may include links to websites, malware infected attachments, or they may use social engineering in an attempt to convince you to provide sensitive information.
  • Caller ID Spoofing make incoming calls appear as if they are coming from a familiar and trusted phone number. The caller uses social engineering in an attempt to elicit sensitive information such as passwords, account information, social security numbers, etc.
  • Website Spoofing refers you to a website that may look legitimate but is actually attempting to gain your login and other personal information.

 

There are many forms of spoofing and you should always be careful about any information you are providing in an email or phone call or on a website.

If you ever have a doubt, please contact Network Doctor.