With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas just around the corner, the annual Phishing season is well underway.
In the run up to Christmas your inbox is likely to be filled with emails offering deals on the latest must buy gifts. However, cybercriminals know that this time of year is prime phishing season and amongst the legitimate emails there are sure to be a few harmful ones.
With the popularity of the high street waning when it comes to buying gifts, many consumers take to the internet to avoid setting foot inside a shop altogether. According to a recent survey by marketing technology specialists RadiumOne, less than one in seven will do their shopping instore. The rest will opt to do their present buying online.
Online Christmas transactions are set to hit a new record high of £24.4 billion this year. With a forecast figure like that cybercriminals will most definitely be stepping up their campaigns to dupe consumers out of their hard earned cash.
Beware of Phishing Emails
The number of phishing emails has soared over the past 12 months, resulting in businesses and individuals being hit by damaging malware including ransomware and viruses. Phishing attacks work as shown in the video below -
Avoid falling victim to Phishing
Vigilance and education is the best defence against phishing attacks. Knowing what you shouldn’t click on can cut the number of victims dramatically. PGI’s Cyber Security Fundamentals Course educates people on the basics of cybersecurity and how to spot phishing emails. If something appears too good to be true then it’s very likely that it is.