Beware: Hackers are Now Trying to Access Smartphones!

October 25, 2017, 02:12 PM

Hackers are getting more sophisticated in their attacks, opting to go straight for an employees smartphone rather than e-mail. Smishing attacks send a text message to a smartphone and ask you to click on a link. If you click on the link, you are asked to send an email for more information or confirm certain personal information. If you respond, your sensitive and personal information could be compromised. If smartphones are used for personal and work purposes, an employers information is also subject to compromise. Smishing attacks have been used for identity theft, bank account take-overs, and accessing confidential information. In order to protect against these types of attacks, make sure you only click on links sent via text message from sources you know and trust. Do not click on links sent from unknown numbers. If a text appears to be from a legitimate institution, such as a bank, you should be able to call the institution directly to determine whether it actually sent the text message request. If it appears to be from a friend but the question or text message seems odd, call before your click. But, do not call the phone number which sent the suspicious text. Additionally, suspicious texts should be deleted. Remember to advise employees they should think before they click or tap on any message.