6 Common Types of Phishing

Phishing is among the most serious cyber dangers that businesses face. One of the most upsetting parts of this is that while most people understand what phishing is and how it works, many individuals are still caught off guard. Phishing attacks are becoming more complex, which has contributed to this. They still want to steal our personal information or infect our gadgets, but there is now a wide range of approaches to do so, which we will see, but first...

What is Phishing and How to Stay ProtectedWhat is Phishing?

Phishing is a type of attack to steal usernames, passwords, credit card information, Social Security numbers, and other sensitive data. Phishing is most often seen in the form of malicious emails pretending to be from credible sources like people, departments, or organizations related to your business.

Types of Phishing

  1. Basic Email Phishing

Email is used in most phishing attempts. The hacker will create a false domain that looks like a legitimate company and send out hundreds of generic requests. Character substitution is common in fake domains, such as putting 'r' and 'n' next to each other to generate 'rn' instead of ‘m’.

In other circumstances, the fraudsters construct a unique domain with a legitimate company's name in the URL. There are several methods to recognize a phishing email, but you should always check the email address of any message that encourages you to click a link or download an attachment.

  1. Spear Phishing

Spear phishing allows attackers to target you in a much more personal way. They personalize your emails using your name, position, business, work phone number, or other personal information that is publicly available online (usually through corporate websites or social networking platforms) to make you believe they know who you are. Their objective is to trick you into visiting a rogue URL or opening an email attachment, giving them access to your personal information.

  1. Whaling

Whaling is similar to spear phishing, but rather than targeting just an employee within a particular organization, whaling goes after the big ones. To focus on these high-profile members of the C-suite, they may spend months researching their targets, analyzing their routines, and mapping their relationships. The scam itself may last weeks. Hackers will wait to snare their target by first gaining trust through a series of back-and-forth exchanges.

  1. Smishing

Smishing refers to text messages sent to you with the intent of stealing your personal information. It's a good idea to double-check the number on your phone to ensure that it's legitimate and also check to see whether you have had any interaction with the company. Then, before responding to the message, you may review the number's previous actions.

  1. Vishing

Vishing is a phone call that is used to get your personal information. Before answering the phone, double-check the number to determine whether it is authentic. You should also determine whether you have any sort of relationship with the caller. Then, before replying, you may look up the number's recent activity.

  1. Drive-by Downloading

Ransomware is often spread through phishing emails that contain malicious attachments or through drive-by downloading.  A drive-by-download is when a user visits a site, and a file download is initiated without the user's interaction.

This statistic depicts the leading causes of ransomware infections according to MSPs worldwide in 2020.

Cause of ransomware infection

Percentage of respondents

Spam/phishing emails


Poor user practices/gullibility


Lack of cyber security training


Weak passwords/access management


To protect our clients from phishing & ransomware, we offer the following:

  • Cloud Backup: Protect AgainstGet Protection from Phishing Scams with inSync Computer Solutions Ransomware
    Veeam Software: Offers data protection for the cloud, virtual, and physical environments.  Veeam software is now available in annual subscriptions making it more affordable for all of our clients.
    • Backblaze Cloud Backup: Veeam software provides immutable Cloud backups to Backblaze which offers ransomware protection.  Backblaze is also very inexpensive Cloud storage.
  • Phishing Training
    Phishing training is designed to increase awareness & improve employee responses to phishing attacks. Using tutorials and tests, phishing training helps employees to spot phishing emails and to know how to respond to these dangerous threats.
  • Vulnerability Assessment
    We are using Nessus software which provides the most accurate & comprehensive vulnerability assessment solution on the market. Nessus software automates point-in-time assessments to help quickly identify & fix vulnerabilities, including software flaws, missing patches, malware, and misconfigurations, across a variety of operating systems, devices and applications.
  • Multi-factor authentication
    An electronic authentication method in which a user is granted access to server(s), website or application only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence to an authentication mechanism: knowledge, possession, and inherence.

As your IT partner, we think it’s important to keep our clients aware of our offerings to increase your cyber security.  Every client’s sensitivity is different based on whether they had an adverse experience with cyber security.  We just ask that you consider these different options.

Phishing attacks are more common than you might think, but with the aid of inSync Computer Solutions, you can protect your company and employees against phishing assaults. We provide the best phishing defense services across Southern California. Get started today!

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