Today we live in a world where going online has become necessary for our everyday lifestyle. However, this creates digital footprints that make our personal and confidential information more accessible to cyber attackers. There is a greater need for individuals to realize the impact of their digital activities, and how sensitive information can end up in the wrong hands.

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In this article, we’ll dive deep into one of the many dangerous cyberattacks: Trap Phishing.

Trap Phishing: How It Happens

Hackers and cybercriminals are constantly on the lookout for security flaws in the system. The vulnerability of human error provides vast opportunity for trap phishing.

  1. The first step in trap phishing involves sending out generic emails, phone calls, and messages to the general public. Some Trap Phishing attacks also target individual organizations.
  2. After sending the attacks, the scammer waits for anyone to respond or, worse, play into their hand. Responding can manifest in many forms, including clicking on phishing links, downloading an attachment, or giving out the requested personal information (e.g. birth date, full name, or address).
  3. If you respond to the attack, various consequences can occur. The attacker may leverage the personal information you gave out to steal money and information or sell it to other parties. Additionally, the attacker could take control of your system by downloading malware onto your device.

We are now more involved in the digital world than ever before. From purchasing daily necessities on e-commerce sites to transacting money via mobile banking, we can easy and unknowingly give fuel to the cyberattackers’ Trap Phishing schemes.

Ultimately, all of your online activities make you a tempting target for cybercriminals. You never know who is following you for nefarious reasons.

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Tips to Avoid Trap Phishing

But there is a silver lining. There are several ways to prevent phishing traps from happening to you and your organization. Here are some of our tips:

  • Avoid Oversharing on Social Media: Posting about your daily life on social media is not a bad thing. However, be cautious when using your personal and work accounts in transacting online. You may unknowingly disclose personal information to the public by sharing it on social media.
  • Change Your Passwords: Accessing websites requires you to login credentials, passwords, pins, and codes. Changing passwords every 2-3 months can mitigate the risk with online transactions.
  • Avoid Giving Out Personal Information: Be very wary about emails that ask for your address, phone number, or birthdate, especially if it’s out of the blue.

If you would like to learn more about how to better protect yourself and your organization from Trap Phishing scams, be sure to check out the phishing resources on our website.

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