What is smishing? A guide to the latest cyber threat

Smishing is becoming a growing threat with the frequent use of mobile phones and devices by perpetrators of malware, viruses and scams. But what is smishing?

Short for SMS phishing, it is any form of phishing carried out via text or SMS message.

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information by disguising as a trustworthy entity in electronic communication. The most well-known method of phishing is via email.

Smishing is a security attack in which the user is tricked into downloading a Trojan horse, virus or other malware onto a smartphone or another mobile device. People can also be tricked into giving private information through the same method.

Why is smishing becoming more common?

The increase in alternative forms of electronic communication, such as texting and messaging apps, has provided a new platform for smishing.

There is now a huge quantity of mobile devices to target. Data breaches that include mobile phone

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