Gmail Users Are Being Attacked By the Latest Phishing Scam
2017 has only just started and we’re already being hit with the next wave of newer, smarter cyberattacks. In case you haven’t heard, Gmail users worldwide are being targeted by sophisticated phishing scams that are quickly gaining in popularity. And it’s not just the average user that is falling victim to this latest cyber-scam. Even tech savory experts are being tricked into handing over their information, making it one of the most believable (and shocking) email cons to date.
What are phishing scams?
Phishing scams are created by cybercriminals with only one goal in mind—to get their hands on your information. Attackers use fake websites and emails to trick you into giving up your personal and sensitive data. Account passwords, banking details, credit card numbers, contact lists—once hackers have your information, they can create false accounts, ruin your credit, and even steal your identity.
How does this phishing scam work?
It starts off innocently enough. You are sent an email from someone you know—a friend, a family member, or maybe a co-worker. The email will usually contain a screenshot or an image of an attachment that your contact has already used, cleverly fooling you into believing that this is an authentic message. But when you click the image, a new tab will pop up, prompting you to sign into your Gmail account again.
If you sign into the counterfeit Gmail screen, criminals will now have access to your account details. They will sort through your sent messages and scan for familiar subject lines to lure in your contacts, further spreading the scam.
How do I stay safe?
Before you key in your login details, there are a couple of thing to look out for. First, make sure the browser location bar starts with “https://.” On the other hand, a prefix containing “data:text/html” at the beginning of your website address bar is a clear indication of a fake web page.
Second, you can enable a two-factor authentication for logging into your Gmail account. This “2-Step Verification” process designed by Gmail will help keep hackers from getting into your account, even if they have already stolen your password.
It is difficult to know for sure if your Gmail account has already been hacked. But if you have even have the slightest doubts, it is always a good idea to change your password as soon as possible.
Don’t fall victim to this clever phishing scam
Another effective way to protect yourself from phishing scams is to use an IT managed service provider. A professional MSP will shield your precious data from cybercriminals, protecting your business from phishing scams, viruses, malware, ransom-ware, and other online dangers that can pose serious threats to your network.
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