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#CybersecMonth: How to tackle smishing?

It’s the end of October, which means it’s time to take stock of the #CyberSecMonth 2021.

For those who don’t know, October is the European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM), a European Union’s annual campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity. As part of this campaign, we shared information related to cybersecurity, data protection, and privacy, as well as tips on how you can recognise cyber attacks.

This year, we focused on some of the most relevant and timely topics for small businesses: SMS phishing and how to start tackling cybersecurity risks.

Have you ever received an SMS, a notice of delivery or voicemail that asks you to follow a link for more information?

If your answer is yes, then you have likely been targeted by so-called SMS phishing, or simply smishing. It tricks you into clicking a link and giving the attacker access to your device. This form of cyberattack targets millions of small businesses where smartphones often play an important role in managing customers’ data.

A recent wave of smishing attacks, named Flubot, happened in Switzerland. Loredana Bartels, hairdresser and entrepreneur, shared her own experience in dealing with Flubot.

How to tackle smishing attacks?

If you received an SMS and clicked the link, the first thing to do is to check the settings of your smartphone to make sure no unknown apps may be installed. Other tips on what to do in the case of a smishing attack you can find here.

The best way to counter these attacks is to simply be more aware of them. As practice shows, even though the majority of entrepreneurs acknowledge that being aware of cybersecurity risks is important, many find addressing the risks far too complex and expensive.

It’s the end of Cyber Security Month, but not the end of cyber threats!

It’s the end of Cyber Security Month, but not the end of cyber threats! This is why we will continue to develop the GEIGER Solution, to make sure small businesses will be equipped to defend themselves against these threats.

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