Poster of phishing for Cyber Security Awareness Month

There has been a surge in the popularity of “phishing,” and the volume of emails containing malicious content is expected to increase 400%. 

The sole aim of phishing is to trick users into giving up their credentials or downloading an attachment that infects their machine to either steal information or download malware.

Phishing emails usually appear to come from a financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency or any other trusted service provider or business. Phishing has also expanded from emails to include SMS messages.

Common features of Phishing emails:

  • Too good to be true
  • Sense of urgency
  • Hyperlinks
  • Attachments
  • Unusual Sender
  • Unsolicited