Phishing & Smishing

Phishing & Smishing

 

Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details often for malicious reasons. This is usually by disguising as a trustworthy entity or organisation in an email. Smishing is very similar. This is the attempt to obtain information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details often for malicious reasons in a text message instead. Both are very common scams right now in the world of technology.

These threats have been around for years, but cybercriminals are changing the way they use these tools to try and scam more and more people. Researchers have shown there are three main reasons as to why these techniques are still being used on victims – it is a low-cost, easy-to-use technique whilst worst of all, the technique still works, no matter what format it’s in.

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out more about Phishing, Smishing and other scams out there, please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444. Alternatively, email us at moreinfo@mtxit.com or complete the consultation form on our new website: https://www.mtxit.com.

What is Cryptojacking?

What is Cryptojacking?

Cryptojacking is the use of your computer by a cybercriminal to mine cryptocurrency without you being aware. Cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin, is very valuable and can be mined using the victims process power, without even noticing. This usually occurs when a website runs hidden cryptocurrency mining scripts in the browser of the victim. Why do they do this?

Cryptocurrency can be worth a lot of money if you have the right resources to mine it. This can be used as payment on certain websites with 1 bitcoin currently worth around £5,700. Criminals therefore use your computer to create tokens of value, which get deposited to the hacker whilst the abilities to mine is used by the hacker on the victim’s system (electricity, computer processing power etc). They use you to make money for themselves.

To get around this, the best method to stay safe is to install a cryptojacking blocker. If you don’t feel like this is necessary, adblocker will also help.

For more information on cryptojacking and cybersecurity, please contact us via email at support@mtxit.com or phone at 01329 888444.