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Definition - What does Phishing mean?

Phishing is a social engineering tactic configured as emails, text messages, and phone calls that scammers use to gain access to personal data via a string of commands. In the workplace, phishing can assume variations such as short text messages (SMS) and email, for example, by a purportedly legitimate source. The sender engages the recipient with attached links to hijack encrypted content.

SureHire explains Phishing

Phishing is a quick yet efficient method used by scammers to hack a database from a web-based external that will give them full access to credentials (i.e., passwords) based on their mode of entry. Smishing, spear-phishing, and whaling are phishing examples that divert the user to an encoded link as a prompt by its sender. A cybercriminal might use a tactic called spoofing that operates as a front with a uniform resource locator or URL based on the server commands. For example, hackers can send fake messages or contact requests tailored exclusively to in-house protocol.

Recognizing telltale signs of phishing scams can be as easy as matching the sender's name with a wrong email address. Also, emails or text messages that lack a consistent tone or mediate assistance via sharing phone numbers can suggest a phishing scam. Employers should caution against phishing attacks through email filters and text blockers as a fail-safe method. SureHire engages staff in regular training on phishing scams and other cybersecurity attacks to help protect our clients. Information technology (IT) support keeps our employees in the know.

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