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The latest results of KnowBe4's quarterly top-clicked phishing email subjects are in. They report on three different categories: social media related subjects, general subjects, and 'in the wild' attacks.
KnowBe4 describes phishing as the process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity using bulk email which tries to evade spam filters.
“It’s no surprise that phishers and scammers are using the avalanche of new information and events involving the global coronavirus pandemic as a way to successfully phish more victims,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “These phishing scams are becoming more aggressive and more targeted as this pandemic continues. Everyone should remain very skeptical of any email related to COVID-19 coming into their inbox.”
Four Steps to Protect Yourself from Phishing Threats
Your email spam filters may keep many phishing emails out of your inbox. But scammers are always trying to outsmart spam filters, so it’s a good idea to add extra layers of protection. The FTC provides four steps to protect yourself from phishing attacks.