Cell Phones And Phishing Attacks: Do You Use Your Phone Safely?

Security @ KeyCybercriminals are using phishing attacks to target cell phones as well as other computers to extract personal information that can be used for nefarious purposes. They do this with emails and text messages.

Phishing is the practice of sending out fake email messages that look as if they come from a trusted person or institution——usually a bank— in order to trick people into handing over confidential information. The emails often direct you to a website that looks like that of the real financial institution. But it is a fake and has been rigged to collect your personal information, such as passwords, credit card numbers and bank account numbers, and transmit them to the Bad Guys.

A recent report by Internet security company Trusteer states that cell phone users are three times more likely to give confidential login details to a phishing site than desktop computer users. And iPhone users are accessing phishing Websites more than BlackBerry users by a factor of eight, despite BlackBerry’s larger market share.

Today’s cell phones are computers and should be used with the same caution and wariness as any conventional computer. Do yourself a favor and print out the last sentence and place it on your mirror so you see it every morning before you leave the house…it’s that important.

Cyber crooks are interested in phishing the cell phone user because they know that the phishing emails and texts will be read in a mobile environment, possibly while the user is involved in another activity. Why? Because the cell phone users will be less wary, thinking less about the legitimacy of the email or text than they would at a desktop computer. Okay…some folks would fall for a phishing scheme no matter what device they were using. But the folks who are aware of Internet security issues and threats would be less wary than usual. Knowing that the numbers of desktop computer users who protect themselves appropriately are small…a problem in itself; this targeting of cell phone users is much more alarming. I say this because there are many, many cell phone users who don’t own computers of any other kind and are completely ignorant of the criminal threat on the Internet.

Be careful out there…be very careful.

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Remember, home computing is a blast…keep it safe, productive and enjoyable.

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