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Beware Smishers: Not All Texts Are Good Texts

Many texts from scammers get blocked by security software, but sophisticated ones from professional scammers can still get through.

NEW YORK – “Smishing” is the latest phishing cybersecurity attack, and it strikes through your phone. When hackers try to steal data – or money – through a text message, it’s called “smishing.” The text message attempts to dupe you into following a link, reveal personal details or disclose your login information.

Through smishing hackers can try to gain access to your bank account or social media accounts.

Security experts say you should keep a phone’s software and web browser updated. It helps protect against smishing attacks because it also updates security features built into a phone or computer’s software, according toWired.com.

Common smishing attacks

  • Beware of links that come via an SMS text message. They often look like they’re from a company website or social media network. Once clicked, you’ll be asked to enter your username and password, but they’ll log you into a fake website instead.
  • An SMS text message may also try to get you to download an app or run it on your web browser. Many phones block malware apps automatically, but not all. You should still watch out for such messages.
  • A text message may even ask you directly for personal or financial information. The message might, perhaps, ask that you reply to the text with your bank details or login information to a website.

Source: “How to Guard Against Smishing Attacks on Your Phone,” Wired.com (Dec. 12, 2021)

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