Have you ever received a message from your bank stating ‘Your ATM was suspended out of blue’? But nothing like this happened actually!

It’s Mobile Phishing with its end goal of stealing sensitive data and is extremely difficult to spot out.

It is found that mobile users are three times more likely to fall for scams in comparison to that of desktop users.

In a report of 2018, it is observed that there is a significant rise in Mobile (particularly SMS) Phishing. Top Cyber Security Experts are contacted frequently to restrict these phishing attacks carefully.

There are a lot of reasons why particularly hackers choose mobile to breed phishing attacks. Is it possible every time to look at the small URL’s appearing on the screen? Most often people open & read SMS and yes it’s natural! How will they know it is a trap? Surprisingly phishers seem to have tipped their scales to these preferred targets too. About 56% of the users trapped on phishing URLs via their mobile.

What is Mobile Phishing?

On one side when people are becoming more conscious about different phishing attacks, on the other hand, the hacker is growing smarter and creative in such a way that the people are giving their references thinking it’s just signing into their mobile app. Phishing attacks  are no longer limited to Emails only, the hackers found almost every possible way out to pave the way of Malwares to your phone.

For example:

  • Look at both of the URLs http://www.job.xxx.com and http://www.job.xxx.com can you spot out the differences? Just a slight difference from an authentic URL may lead you to somewhere else. Always double-check the URL of your banking site, social networking site, and e-mail site before logging in. Better to type URL by hand, avoiding the links from emails or messages.
  • False messages like “your account have been suspended, call immediately to activate again” or “visit xxx.com if you didn’t make this online purchase” must be avoided.

There are several types of phishing that might confront on the mobile, like:

‘SMISHING’is the phishing carried out through SMS.

‘VISHING’is the phishing done through the voice call process.

‘MESSENGER PHISHING’:  It is the malware that uses fake messenger to spread messages. It then steals a password and engages in cryptojacking. Examples of these services are, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Skype, Snapchatetc.

‘SOCIAL PHISHING’:This is the attempt that exploits social networking sites & spreads phishing through them.

AD-NETWORKING PHISHING’: Here phishing is done through different forms of ads on the mobile.

Why Is Mobile Phishing Becoming So Relevant?

  • On mobile, checking a valid web address is almost not available. It is thus an easy path for the malware to have entry through mobiles.
  • The links that come to social media apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Linkedln & Instagram are easy ways for the criminal to lapse the security and launch attacks on popular networks.
  • Mobiles are used for both personal and business purposes, so it’s an attractive target for hackers to get control over them to get both the information.

Wait, look at your messages you have received till date, try to spot any of these giveaways:

  • Inaccuracy in spellings, punctuation & grammar
  • Lack of curtsy (like sir, madam, etc)
  • The proposal is too good to be real
  • Something that wants you to act quickly
  • Lack of personal information

Follow these quick tips to keep your private information safe!

1. Always download apps from trusted and known app stores.

2. Be aware of the growing cybersecurity threats prevailing nowadays

3. Try to give bookmarks that will be easy to land to the known pages

4. Avoid clicking on links in email messages ( if not your known & trusted sender)

5. Try to use browsers that are already installed in your mobile (like chrome mobile)

6. Install antivirus software for your mobile. They will help to eliminate malware activities from your phone

7. Raise a red flag to the messages requesting for your passwords, login, or other important information

8. Turn on the caller identification services which allows you to know where from the call is coming or even if it’s a scam you’ll know earlier

9. Think twice before you click somewhere. If a site is trying to force you to make a snap decision or your personal information. Be cautious and think twice.

It has been reported recently that, messaging apps and social media are becoming the most popular method for transferring mobile phishing attacks with approx 160% increase in messenger app phishing and a 100% increase in social app phishing from 2017 to 2018.Each year new phishing techniques emerge in more attacks strongly landing in user inboxes.

Keep in mind all the above mention points that will help you significantly. However, it’s better to contact professionals in a crucial situation.

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