As Halloween approaches, bringing with it pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and spooky movie nights, there’s one chilling threat that lurks in the shadows this season – phishing attacks. Just as children don disguises to collect candy on Halloween, cybercriminals masquerade online to trick unsuspecting victims into divulging sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, and even Social Security numbers. Keeper Security, a leading provider of zero-trust and zero-knowledge cybersecurity software designed to safeguard passwords, passkeys, privileged access, secrets, and remote connections, is here to help you ward off these digital ghouls.
Remaining vigilant and learning to spot the telltale signs of phishing attacks is vital in preventing yourself from becoming a victim. These virtual witches often concoct their phishing schemes using the following ingredients:
1. Urgent Language: Phishing attempts often employ language that conveys a sense of urgency, compelling victims to act quickly and overlook red flags.
2. Discrepancies in Email Addresses and Domain Names: Pay attention to email addresses and domain names. If an email claiming to be from a reputable source doesn’t match the expected address, exercise caution. Subtle differences like replacing ‘o’ with ‘0’ or ‘.com’ with ‘.net’ can be giveaways.
3. Requests for Personal Information: Beware of sudden requests for personal information, especially if they come from an unknown source. Think twice before sharing your details, especially if you didn’t initiate the conversation.
4. Misspellings and Grammatical Errors: Phishing attempts often contain misspellings and grammatical errors. Legitimate companies thoroughly review their communications, so errors should raise suspicions.
While cybercriminals may enjoy their nefarious activities, you can take some not-so-spooky steps to protect your accounts, financial data, sensitive documents, and identity this holiday season.
1. Think Before You Click: Avoid clicking on unsolicited links or attachments in emails or text messages. Hover your mouse over links to view the full website address or use safety checkers like Google Transparency Report to verify links’ safety.
2. Use a Password Manager: Password managers not only help you securely store and manage passwords but also offer built-in protection against phishing sites. If your information doesn’t autofill, it’s a sign you’re not on the authentic website.
3. Employ an Email Scanner: Invest in an email scanner to identify potentially malicious attachments and protect yourself from email phishing attempts.
4. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Strengthen your accounts with both robust passwords and MFA wherever possible. MFA requires additional authentication beyond a username and password, adding an extra layer of security.
5. Verify Through Other Means: When in doubt about the legitimacy of an email, text, or call, contact the individual or company directly through a different communication method. Confirming their authenticity can help you avoid phishing attempts.
No superhero costume is required to fend off menacing cyberattacks this Halloween. With vigilance and Keeper’s best practices, anyone can become a cyber-hero. So, this season, clear away the cobwebs and brush up on your cybersecurity knowledge with the Keeper Security Blog.
Keeper Security is on a mission to revolutionize how people and organizations worldwide secure their passwords, secrets, and confidential data. Their user-friendly cybersecurity platform is built on a foundation of zero-trust and zero-knowledge security, ensuring protection for every user on every device. Trusted by millions of individuals and thousands of organizations globally, Keeper leads the way in password management, secrets management, privileged access, secure remote access, and encrypted messaging. Visit KeeperSecurity.com to protect what matters most.
This article was written by AI and edited by Bill Hartzer.