Smishing Text Messages: How to Avoid These Type of Scams

The last two years have seen a marked increase in SMS phishing, a cyberthreat in which criminals' leverage text messages to steal personal information. Often, these messages imitate legitimate sources such as banks or well-known companies. The texts contain links to malware-laden sites, or ask targets to send personal / financial information to seemingly valid e-mail addresses. SMS phishing is particularly threatening because text messages are not subjected to traditional spam filters and authentication systems, which might otherwise alert users to suspicious content.

That said, there are many ways to avoid SMS phishing scams. The following infographic offers a number of quick and easy checks, for safe screen time.

Here's How to Avoid SMS Phishing Scams:

Engage Employees in Security Best Practices

If your employees are vulnerable to mobile threats such as Smishing, education is one of the most powerful means of protecting sensitive data. Keep your employees informed with contextual and relevant information, shared over a company intranet or chat platform. When possible, provide secure company-owned devices, while deploying secure solutions on personal ones. It is also important to implement security best practices, such as:

  • Layered MFA and identity management

  • Endpoint management solutions such as InTune

  • Verify suspicious emails, and avoiding links or attachments  

  • Isolate personal computers from company networks via virtual workstations

These best practices can help your employees stay safe and secure while working. Employees are typically the main targets when cyber criminals attack, so by increasing user awareness you may help thwart a future scam. Not only does this help protect employees' data, but it also helps keep your clients safe and protect your bottom line. Cyber criminals continue to get more and more creative with their scamming tactics, so the more aware one is, the better-prepared one will be when an attack comes about. For more information about implementing mobile, desktop, application, and cloud security tools, reach out to our experts for a free business IT consultation

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