Types of Cyber Attacks


When Scammers fool you to think they are someone you trust in order to make you do something.

7 Types of Phishing Scams You Should Know About











1. Email Phishing Scams

It may look like an email from your bank, Paypal, Google, Amazon, ISP or even your Country Director.



2. Spear Phishing Scams

This is when they target you specifically. They have researched you, they know your family members, where you work, and who is your boss. The chances of fooling you are higher.




3. Smishing Scams

These are text message phishing scams. Criminals know people respond to text and instant messages faster than email



4. Google Search Scams

You may be surprised, but some of the top search results in Google are phishing links.

 Scammers also invest in search engine optimization and work hard to rank their scam sites in the top search results.




5. Social Media Scams

Social media is full of fake accounts. It could also be a fake account with the same name and photo as one of your real friends that will later try to scam you.



6. QR Code Scams

Who thought a QR code could be dangerous?
They are everywhere, especially in restaurants.  Criminals can place their own sticker over the legitimate one. So that when you scan it, you will be redirected to a fake site.



7. Vishing Scams

Vishing (voice phishing) is a type of phishing attack made over the telephone.

Scammers can spoof a phone number that looks identical to a known number, like your bank.



What Helps Protect You From Phishing Attacks?

  • If it’s urgent, don’t let the emotions cloud your judgment
  • Call and verify! - Verify that you are talking to the correct person
  • Check the address  - Always check the email address and URL
    for spelling mistakes
  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Look at the style of the message
  • Ask questions

How long will it take to crack your password


7 characters                                        -

1 minute

8 characters                                        -

1 hour

9 characters                                        -

3-4 days

10 characters                                     -

7 months

11 characters                                     -

40 year

12 characters                                     -

2000 years


When criminals hack your computer or network, lock you out, and demand a ransom to let you back in.



What is Wire Fraud?

It’s when you’re tricked into wiring money to a fraudulent bank account. For example:

  • An urgent request to wire money from a criminal who impersonates your aquintant through hacking your aquintant’s email account.
  • They hacked one of your vendors and sent you an invoice with fake bank information.

If you’re tricked into wiring money to a fraudulent bank account, the bank may not be there to help you. After all, it’s you who transferred the money, not the criminal.


How to use USB Safely

Avoid public charging stations. They may be compromised.

Don’t plug any USB that isn’t yours into your device

Encrypt the data on the USB device in case you lose it or it gets stolen.