The latest trend in phishing attacks


As is often stated, "A picture speaks a thousand words", cybercriminals are making use of this truthful statement to their advantage.

Cybercriminals have come up with an innovative method for their phishing campaign: They lure victims into clicking images instead of downloading malicious files or following suspect links.

Discover how to protect your business against these unexpected attacks by understanding the early warning signs.

What makes clicking an image special? Perhaps it's to promote an amazing offer or limited-time specials.

Clicking an image won't take you directly to its respective website; rather, it leads to an impostor site designed solely to collect personal information.

Imagine being drawn in by an adorable picture of a cat only to discover that Mr. Whiskers is really just an angry wolf wearing sheep clothing! Not exactly cute.

How can you spot signs that an image could be part of a phishing scam? Here are a few indicators:

Be wary when opening emails from unknown senders! Never assume what will come of accepting candy from unknown individuals.If an email promises free trips or millions just by clicking a picture, use common sense when responding. When receiving such offers it is always wise to heed advice given in the golden rule: Don't believe everything that promises itself as the truth!
Spelling mistakes and grammar errors: Although typos happen occasionally, an email with numerous typos could indicate something is amiss. Inconsistent logos and branding: When an email purporting to come from an established company fails to match up with its logos or branding standards, it could be an attempt at fraud.
Let's discuss how to protect ourselves and our businesses against image-based phishing scams:

Inform Your Employees: Knowledge Is Power! To protect their own safety and the business interests of their own companies, ensure your employees understand the latest phishing techniques as well as how to recognize warning signs.

Upgrade Your Software: Just as it would be unwise to drive around with worn tires, regular software updates can help protect against cybercrime by patching any security holes they could exploit.

Develop strong passwords. While it may be tempting to resort to using something generic like "password123", resist! Instead, utilize strong, unique passwords for each account you manage; this will help prevent unauthorized access. Even better is using a password manager!

Create Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) Multi-factor authentication provides an additional layer of protection, requiring users to confirm their identity using another means such as fingerprint scan or text message verification.

Back up your data. Should a catastrophe strike, having copies of your files means no worrying if anything should happen to them.
There's no need for alarm; cyber criminals' tactics are becoming increasingly sophisticated. You can protect your business by paying attention to warning signs and taking preventive steps.

Remember to be wary that not everything is as it seems; every adorable cat image may not be what it seems! Don't allow scammers take advantage and make you lose out! Keep your guard up! Reach out to us: Phone: (404) 932-5940 Email: