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Why are phishing attacks successful?

Why are phishing attacks successful?

Phishing attacks often seem rudimentary. With their spelling and grammar errors, blurry replicas of company logos and conspicuous twists on sender names, they should be easy to spot, shouldn’t they? So why is it, instead of dying down, phishing attacks are on the...

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How are phishing attacks used in identity theft?

How are phishing attacks used in identity theft?

People are more likely to be a victim of identity theft than any other type of cybercrime… and phishing can be a precursor In order to steal your identity, criminals need to get hold of your personal information. That’s all it really takes to begin opening bank...

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Are phishing attacks on the rise?

Are phishing attacks on the rise?

In 2018, some reports suggest the number of phishing attacks are falling. Is that really the case? Phishing attacks have been on the rise for a long time now. According to the UK government’s most recent cyber security breaches survey, they cause more data breaches...

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Should you phish your own people?

Should you phish your own people?

Resident CybSafe psychologist, Tom Cross, looks into when simulated attacks are of most use to companies More than a few articles have been circling of late suggesting simulated phishing does little to increase cyber security awareness. ‘Links are meant to be clicked...

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Protecting the people running on autopilot

Protecting the people running on autopilot

How people can take proper precautions online without even having to think I imagine you’ll have experienced something like this before. You’ve been tied up in a report for the last hour or two. Your concentration is waning and you need a change of pace. So you turn...

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3 mistakes people make with cyber security training

3 mistakes people make with cyber security training

A 2017 survey revealed 52% of organisations’ cyber security budgets are increasing, with 23% of the increases dedicated to training. At the same time, the UK’s 2017 cyber security breaches survey revealed the number of UK businesses that suffered a breach or attack in...

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How to keep your company secure this Black Friday

How to keep your company secure this Black Friday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are notoriously conducive to cyber scams. In this article, CybSafe founder Oz Alashe offers five tips on staying safe during the annual sales. ‘If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.’ That’s the mantra cyber security...

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If you want my national insurance number, just ask!

If you want my national insurance number, just ask!

Why we’re so comfortable handing out personal details online – and how we may be able to reverse the trend On a mild July evening in 2010, Leo Hickman set out to meet a woman named Louise. At the time Louise, a 30-something recruitment consultant with straight, auburn...

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