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A quote from KnowBe4, a leader in online security training, caught my eye this AM.

“Did you know that 91% of successful data breaches started with a spear phishing attack?”

Spear Phishing has the same goal as normal Phishing, but the attacker first gathers information about the intended target. This information is used to personalize the spear-phishing attack. Instead of sending the phishing emails to a large group of people, the attacker targets a select group or an individual.  See “Scammers Abound – Episode #2: Spear Phishing” on the NGT blog for more info.

This is a reminder again of the dangers of responding to phone calls and emails and providing credentials.

How do I stop this?  

  • Do not click on links in emails and then provide credentials
  • Do not provide credentials over the phone, hang up and call the person back on a number you KNOW is correct
  • Do not use the same password in multiple places, if the bad guy gets one, then they have them all.  Each system you use should have a different password. See “Episode #5: Good Passwords” for more info on creating strong passwords. 
  • Learn/ Train yourself, family, and coworkers
  • Subscribe to our blog by going to ngtnet.net and click on the Blog tab to continue to learn ways to protect yourself

You just told us NOT to click on links and now you are having me click on a link to subscribe?

If you are unsure, call NGT at the number your know or go to our website at the address your know. Don’t trust an email with a link in it.

I’m still worried, what do I do?

Please feel free to reach out to NGT by going to http://www.ngthelp.com to call, email or chat with our help desk staff!