PROCIRCULAR BLOG

Educating your business on the importance of cybersecurity

How to Spot and Stop Today's Malicious Emails

Posted by Dawson Medin on May 3, 2021 9:35:29 AM
Phishing Attacks
During a phishing attack , attackers use social engineering and malicious emails to steal valid credentials from users. Attackers can use these credentials to begin more complicated attacks, or they can bundle and sell them to other cybercriminals . The attacker s lie about their identity and objectives to collect login information from unassuming victims or to get them to download malicious content . These emails might ask you to enter your password into a spoofed login page or send that information directly back to the sender . Although these scams are well - known, they are occasionally hard to spot, and they have a high rate of success . If you don’t encounter many of these emails, they may be caught in your junk folder. If this is the case, your email filtering is working effectively and removing potentially harmful phishing attempts. There is no reason to recover phishing emails from a junk folder.
 
Extortion Attacks
Extortion emails work a little differently . In this increasingly popular type of attack, the hackers claim to already have access to some sensitive information. That information could include anything from login credentials to embarrass ing photo s. Whatever they choose is something designed to prompt an urgent and desperate reaction from the recipient. In the email, they lay out what they have against their target, then threaten to blackmail them for money.
These types of emails are des igned to be scary. They are supposed to make the victim feel so frantic that they act without thinking. If you ever receive a threatening extortion email, remain calm and report it t hrough the proper channels. In this post, we’ll break down a poorly writte n extortion email that was sent to my junk folder.
Read More

Topics: Information Security, Data Protection, Personal Data Protection

Security Measures to Implement in 30-Seconds or Less on your Phone & Computer

Posted by Michael Hoffman on Aug 12, 2019 12:29:00 PM

As ProCircular’s resident young person without a background in security, I have learned an extraordinary amount of information about the importance of cybersecurity since starting at this company. I now think about how often my generation tends to overlook basic security features on our phones and computers which leaves us open to disastrous consequences in our personal or professional lives.

Read More

Topics: Cybersecurity, Personal Privacy, Personal Data Protection

Multi-Factor Authentication

Posted by Scott Taft on Jul 23, 2019 10:35:00 AM

At this point, everyone has probably heard a speech about how important it is to have a strong password. It is true that a strong password is extremely important in preventing an attacker from guessing or cracking it. However, it does not help against those annoying and ever-present phishing attacks when a user unknowingly hands over their password. And unfortunately, it’s almost inevitable that this will happen. This means that there will always be a question about the security of a password.

Read More

Topics: Cybersecurity, Information Security, Personal Data Protection, Passwords

Personal Privacy in the Wake of Reoccurring Data Breaches

Posted by Kyle Den Hartog on Dec 23, 2016 7:45:00 AM

It seems like every other week there is a new data breach in the news. Some notable incursions of 2016 were LinkedIn, Yahoo, and a new one as of December 5th, DailyMotion (a video hosting service).

Read More

Topics: Data Breach, Data Security, Personal Privacy, Personal Data Protection

ProCircular is a Full-Service Information Security Firm

We are passionate about helping businesses navigate the complex world of information security, and our blog is another great source of inforamtion. We can assist you no matter where you are in your security maturity journey:

  • Breached or hit with ransomware?
  • Don't know where to start? 
  • Looking to confirm your security with a third party?

Secure your future with ProCircular.

Recent Posts

Subscribe to Email Updates