Contact us today!
(800) 588-4430

Telesys Voice and Data Blog

Telesys Voice and Data has been serving the Fort Worth area since 1994, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

SMiShing: A New Mobile Computing Scam

SMiShing: A New Mobile Computing Scam

Chances are, you’ve heard of phishing before--emails that promise some benefit or prize if you only click on the included link, that actually only results in trouble for you and your data. Unfortunately, as technology has embraced mobility, so have phishing attempts. This is why you must also be aware of SMiShing scams.

What Is SMiShing?
SMiShing is a mobile variant of phishing that involves the use of a text message, rather than an email, to catch the target in the phisher’s net. These attacks are highly reliant on the target’s compliance with the instructions the cybercriminal provides, as well.

These attacks can be more effective than the typical phishing attack, as the general public is increasingly aware of cyber threats--yet don’t expect these threats to manifest in their cell phone.

Just as one would experience in the ‘typical’ phishing attack, a ‘smisher’ will likely try to gain your trust in order to extract credentials. This ultimately allows them access to the accounts they obtained the credentials for, permitting them to wreak havoc and/or steal what they please. This is especially dangerous if they gain access to any client financial information you may have on file. Alternatively, some smishers will claim that if you don’t access a link and enter your personal information, that you will be charged daily for some service. Naturally, if this service is one that your organization has not signed up for, this message should be reported to IT and then disregarded.

How To Spot SMiShing Scams
First, if you suspect that a message is fraudulent, it never hurts to reach out to confirm that the message was sent by who it seems to have been. To do so, reach out via a different channel than your text, such as calling an official service number to speak directly to a representative. This allows you to confirm that the message was legitimate or fraudulent without exposing yourself or the business to greater risk.

In essence, avoid responding to text messages from senders that you don’t know--especially when the number is a 5000 number. This indicates that the message was actually an email sent as a text message, which is often a tactic used by scammers.

Finally, keep an eye out for any messages that contain downloadable apps. These are a favorite method to introduce malware to a mobile device. If an app doesn’t come from an official app store, it is likely a piece of disguised malware.

How To Be The Most Safe
If in doubt, confirm before you answer. Additionally, a VPN (or virtual private network) can help you maintain your mobile security, especially when paired with the practices outlined above.

Telesys Voice and Data can help you to put these safeguards, and others, in place for your business devices. Give us a call at (800) 588-4430 to get started.

Comments

 
No comments yet
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Monday, 20 November 2017
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Blog Archive

Free Consultation

Sign up today for a
FREE Network Consultation

How secure is your IT infrastructure?
Let us evaluate it for free!

Sign up Now!

Free Consultation
 

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Best Practices Cloud Hackers Privacy Business Computing Productivity Malware Business Microsoft Email Windows 10 Internet Backup Hosted Solutions Computer IT Services Software User Tips Smartphone Ransomware Network Security Workplace Tips Google Managed Service Provider Android Hardware IT Support Mobile Devices Social Media Business Continuity App Efficiency Browser Communication Disaster Recovery Managed IT services Office Facebook Remote Monitoring Smartphones Upgrade Miscellaneous WiFi Data Innovation Microsoft Office Windows Data Management Office 365 Network Big Data Small Business Internet of Things Apps Robot Phishing Hosted Solution Recovery Spam Holiday Gmail Password Outsourced IT How To Data Backup Content Filtering Save Money Work/Life Balance Office Tips Tip of the week Employer-Employee Relationship Productivity Server Cloud Computing Risk Management Apple Artificial Intelligence Avoiding Downtime Word Unified Threat Management Hacker Customer Service Firewall Mobile Device Management Operating System Cybercrime Business Management Saving Money Remote Computing Business Growth SaaS Money Presentation Encryption Social Data Recovery Customer Relationship Management Outlook Chrome Passwords Telephone Systems Settings Health Cybersecurity Computers IT Support Alert Hacking Managed IT Services Data storage Computing Education Virtualization Computer Care Humor Administration Antivirus Virtual Reality Analyitcs Training Government Mobile Device IT solutions Safety VoIP Paperless Office Data loss Wireless Technology BYOD Tablet Upgrades Wireless Automobile Budget Website Downtime End of Support communications Wi-Fi Mouse Windows 10 YouTube User Collaboration Legal LiFi Two-factor Authentication Retail File Sharing Twitter Best Practice Politics Monitors Analytics Vendor Management Lithium-ion battery Google Drive Business Owner The Internet of Things Websites Physical Security Going Green Virtual Private Network Taxes Marketing IBM Running Cable Botnet Printing Mobile Computing Samsung Competition Tech Support Bandwidth Maintenance Bring Your Own Device Search IT Management Sports Information Technology IT service Cortana Data Breach Quick Tips Crowdsourcing Dark Data Environment Mobile Office Private Cloud Point of Sale WannaCry Typing Drones Business Technology Technology Laws Time Management Buisness Troubleshooting Managed IT Error Cabling Cryptocurrency Knowledge Lenovo Unified Threat Management Network Management Access Control Phone System Infrastructure Web Server VoIP Bitcoin Update Staffing Experience Superfish Specifications business communications systems Touchscreen SharePoint BDR 3D Printing Shortcut Administrator Disaster Cameras Digital Windows 8 Chromebook GPS Scam Domains Internet Protocol Downloads Law Enforcement Google Maps Network Congestion Unified Communications Unsupported Software 5G Entrepreneur Patch Management Uninterrupted Power Supply CCTV Spyware Emoji Tracking Application Networking Public Speaking VoIP streamlines Multi-Factor Security Gadget Users Display Mobile Data iPhone Hacks Vulnerability Solid State Drive How To Document Management Data Security business network infrastructure Heating/Cooling Google Calendar Current Events VPN Travel Hard Disk Drive G Suite Firefox Processors Identity Theft Laptop Hard Drives Techology data services Servers Legislation Virtual Desktop Automation Augmented Reality Motion Sickness Assessment Supercomputer Halloween Google Docs Refrigeration Disaster Resistance User Error PowerPoint Server Management Help Desk Writing Deep Learning Personal Information Fun Mail Merge Proactive IT IT Consultant Consultation IT Budget Scary Stories Consumers Printer Statistics Machine Learning Licensing Social Engineering Meetings Computer Repair Address IT Consulting Cleaning Notifications Digital Payment Storage Undo eWaste IP Address Bluetooth Relocation Software Tips Webcam Corporate Profile Alt Codes Electronic Medical Records Google Wallet Project Management IT Sevices

Top Blog

Don't be Afraid to Replace Got an older PC that's causing you a lot of issues? Older technology is typically more expensive to run, and after a while, it's cheaper to simply buy a new desktop than it is to continue pouring money into something that always seems broken. It's a great time to buy wo...
QR-Code