Phishing: Statistics Q2 2020
In the online environment, one of the greatest threats are phishing attacks. These are based in the imitation of a website or recognized platform in which the users are scammed when giving their personal data, and the most relevant, their payment credentials.
The phishing practice has become a trend in the last few years. Its success has to do with the fact that it still works. Millions of users in the world fall for these cyber-traps.
“The link to the deceptive website can be sent via email or text message, a user can be redirected during web browsing, or it may be triggered from a fraudulent mobile application. In many cases the website contains a form intended to steal credentials, personal information or payments”. SOURCE:Blog Check Point
Check Point Research, research company from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., recently published the Brand Phishing Report for Q2 2020. The numbers in the report speak for themselves. They show the increase in this fraudulent practice, even in times of pandemic.
The study reveals a Top 5 of the most used brands in these phishing attacks. We have Google and Amazon, with a 13% each; WhatsApp and Facebook, with 9% each, and Microsoft with 7%. In comparison with the report of the first trimester of the year there was a significant change: Apple was at the top of the list and now it has gone down to the 7th place, with just 2%.
Web, email or cellphone: who “phishes/fishes” more?
The browsing experience, and its risks, vary depending on the way we exchange information.
The Web, with 61% of phishing attacks, is the most used for these practices. There, Google, Amazon and WhatsApp are the most common companies.
In the list email follows with 24%. Microsoft, Outlook and Unicredit are the most probable spaces for these attacks.
Lastly, the cellphone channel, with just 15%, closes the list. In this space Facebook, WhatsApp and PayPal are the most common companies to imitate to go through with the scams.
How to avoid phishing attacks?
The Check Point company has three essential recommendations to avoid being the victim of these scams and thefts of our personal data and payment credentials.
- Verify that you are in the official website. One way to accomplish this is to avoid those promotional links that usually come via emails. It is always safer to search in Google the site that we want and access it through there.
- Don’t trust the “special” offers that you find online.
- Pay attention to the websites and emails. Phishing attacks exploit domains that are similar to the originals, spelling mistakes in emails or unknown remittent in your emails.