W is for …

Whaling When people launching spear phishing attacks against senior members of staff, this is known as whaling (because they’re after the big fish). That’s the only real difference in the terms, though the types of attack may differ slightly. Whales are more likely to be the target for mandate fraud, where an email purporting to … Continue reading W is for …

S is for …

Smishing This is very similar in concept to phishing, but instead of email being used to deliver malicious code or links to malicious website, SMS text messages are used. The messages often look as though they’ve come from someone you know and / or trust, but they have typically been spoofed to make you think they … Continue reading S is for …

P is for …

Password There has been much written about passwords, but for this entry I thought it worth defining what a password actually is. It’s a code, phrase or sequence of letters and numbers which is used to validate that you are who you say you are. It’s often used in conjunction with a username or when … Continue reading P is for …

Vehicle Security

You’ve no doubt heard the stories about cars being hacked over WifI or Bluetooth, but today I want to talk about an easier security risk: second-hand, hire and courtesy cars… I’ve recently had my car in the garage to have it serviced, and I was provided with a reasonably new courtesy car. I had to … Continue reading Vehicle Security

Email safety

In one of my previous posts, I talked about Phishing and Whaling, and I realised that I haven’t really talked about email itself yet.  Email is ubiquitous, it’s everywhere, and yet it’s not that long since we started using it.  My first “public”email address was a Compuserve account back in 1995, and I very quickly … Continue reading Email safety

Phishing and Whaling

I’m guessing that you’ve heard of phishing, and I thought I’d provide some words around related topics.  Let’s start at the beginning though. Phishing Most people with email will have received a phishing email at some point.  Essentially, it’s a mass mail sent to a lot of people indiscriminately, in the hope that one or more … Continue reading Phishing and Whaling