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Phishing is a type of cyber attack that uses fake email messages and websites to trick people into disclosing personal and financial information. In addition to stealing personal data, attackers can gain access to corporate systems.

The best way to combat phishing is to make sure that your organisation adopts a multi-layered approach. These include technological, process, and people-based mitigations. For example, if your company operates in a highly-regulated industry, you may need to consider legal action against fraudulent websites.

Phishing can involve email scams, SMS text messages, and direct messages sent via social networks. Usually, the aim of the attack is to install malware on your device or to steal your password.

Successful phishing messages are difficult to distinguish from the real thing, since they often feature a familiar brand and public email addresses. The message may also include a request to verify identifying information.

Often, a successful phishing message includes spelling or grammatical errors. It can also use mis-spelled URLs or even corporate logos.

Phishing schemes are becoming more and more sophisticated. In some cases, users are asked to fill in sensitive information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, or bank account information. This can cause a large data breach.

To avoid these phishing emails, you should examine suspicious emails and links, and contact your IT team for further information. You can also monitor your organization’s social media accounts to detect any posts or messages that seem suspicious.