Phishing vishing and smishing: why your business needs to worry about it

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Six billion businesses will suffer a phishing vishing and smishing issue this coming year!

Phishing vishing and smishing are now the commonplace approach hackers use to get access to your network.

And it’s now way more common than you may think.

Phishing is a growing problem.

Like, 80%-of-all-businesses-having-been-targeted levels of common.

There’s been a 28% increase since the pandemic alone.

If you just want to get cracking on clueing yourself up on all that you need to know, here’s the player to have a listen to the latest episode of Techcess right now.

(Probably worth clicking it while holding down shift so that it doesn’t stop playing when you move around on the internet.)

What is phishing overall?

It’s when hackers use scammy techniques for quite literally fishing for your data.

And cyberattacks are becoming increasingly common, using ever more sophisticated methods like phishing vishing and smishing.

And you may be one of the victims.

You might not even know that they're happening to your business.

The podcast Techcess has covered the issue at great lengths in its various episodes.

Here, why not check this one out for starters.

As you will hear from the episode, scammers send out fake emails looking for people with sensitive data like passwords or credit card numbers.

This type of phishing can also include wiping out entire sections on computers if malware has been installed without permission.

But that’s not their only method these days.

As mentioned above there are several ways they can get to your data, including phishing vishing and smishing.

Let’s take a deeper dive into smishing.

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This one is less commonly known and uses mass texting apps such as WhatsApp to target the victim.

Have you ever had a text message on your phone suggesting something urgent has come up and requires your attention?

Does it then give you a link to click?

That’s what a smishing attack is.

They’re relying on you clicking the link without thinking.


This is the one that usually blows most people’s minds.

It’s phishing, but actually over the phone.

Yes, you read that right.

They can actually hack you over the phone now.

So if you’d like to learn more about phishing vishing and smishing as well as three other common forms of phishing used by cybercriminals, click to listen to the latest episode in your favourite app of choice

What are you doing to protect yourself from phishing vishing and smishing?

Want to feel more educated on the dangers of phishing vishing and smishing and the other types of cyberattack to be wary of?

Then make sure you listen to this episode as soon as possible.

But if you’re wanting to get even more insight, you can always talk to Mark Riddell and the Techcess team at m3 Networks directly.

If you want to book 15 minutes in his diary to have a chat about anything to do with IT or cybersecurity head to m3networks.co.uk/meetmark, and you'll be able to pick a 15 minute slot in his diary to chat it all through.

Prefer reading to listening?

If you’ve resisted the urge to click on the players above because you’re more of a reader, you can always download a printable copy of the episode transcript by clicking here.

Here’s a quick sneak preview of it.

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