Security Awareness Episode 4: Phishing and Ransomware
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We’re bringing you another free security awareness video! These videos are brought to you by Adobe, National Cyber Security Alliance, and Speechless Inc. In case you missed the other videos check them out below:
Phishing, we’ve heard of it, but what does it mean? In summary, it is a tool and method attackers use to try and coerce people into clicking on a malicious site or download, potentially leading to a security issue.
On the dark web, phishing is a very popular and effective way to try to steal data, lock data, delete data, gain access, or take over a computer. Phishing usually comes through email but can come via text message or other collaboration apps like Slack, Skype, or GroupMe.
As you’ll see on display in this newest security awareness video, ransomware is an especially dangerous consequence of falling for a phishing attempt. Ransomware is software that locks down data by encrypting it and won’t be unlocked through decryption until a ransom is paid.