Cybercriminals are using social engineering to craft emails that appear as though they have been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. The purpose of these emails is to either gain access to your device or trick you into revealing personal information like credit card numbers or passwords. These emails often entice users to click on a link or open an attachment containing malicious code. This type of social engineering has been termed “phishing,” because - like fishing in a lake - cybercriminals are casting their reels, hoping you take the bait.
Computers and Other Devices
If you do become a victim of phishing, having secure passwords may help mitigate the effect the attack will have: