Phishing, Smishing & Vishing: What You Need to Know & How to Protect Yourself

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My career is about to take off — at least it is if I was to believe the number of companies looking at my LinkedIn profile over the past few weeks.

On an almost daily basis, the business networking company — helping professionals connect and show off their work history — has informed me that execs from Dell, JP Morgan, Metlife, and Philip Morris International have been checking out my info. I’m in demand and can probably expect to receive unsolicited offers for jobs with a six-figure salary any day now.

At first glance, this seems to be a legitimate email.

It would be great — if it was real.

But I don’t use LinkedIn — for reasons to do with privacy, surveillance, and a general reluctance to entrust my details to a company that habitually loses customer data. The messages, therefore, could not have been sent to me by LinkedIn. So who sent them, then?

The quick ego boost I experienced from the email subsided as I realized that no one was particularly interested in my career, and that I’d almost been hooked by a phishing scam.

Caption: Phishing is easy if you have the right bait.| Credit: Alex Posis |CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 What is Phishing?

Criminals on the internet are not a new phenomenon and they have a number of aims. The most obvious one is to try and steal money from a victim’s bank accounts. Other criminal groups may try to use a victim’s account to gain

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