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Learn the Truth About Phishing Attacks – Infographic

Those fake emails from Nigerian princes are outdated. Discover the new, scary techniques that hackers use to lure in victims.

Phishing attacks have evolved in 2017 and hackers are employing new methods to steal your personal information.

At one time, a phony email from your bank with an urgent message to verify your account was what you should be cautious of. However, that’s not true any longer. Our team at dfndr lab detects and prevents on average 80,000 malicious URLs every day. We began tracking this increase in phishing attacks and made some startling discoveries.

First, the severity of attacks rose and then the source of attacks drastically changed from previous years. In an effort to keep you safe and informed, we compiled this important research into the educational infographic below. Share this post now with your friends and family so they don’t become a hacker’s next victim:


To summarize, our findings cover these vital points:

  • The total number of phishing attacks increased 65% in 2016*.
  • In 2017, the dfndr lab team detected a total of 17MM suspicious URLs, that’s 8.5 times more than malware attempts.
  • Phishing scams now appear in SMS messages and popular chat services like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger with increasing frequency.
  • Sophisticated ad promotions, such as e-coupons, giveaways, and contests are being created by hackers to fool consumers into giving up their personal information.

All the data from your Android device is a rich target for cybercriminals. Your files, emails, and messages can be exported by a hacker to steal your identity for financial gain or to launch bigger social engineering attacks through your personal or professional networks.

Mobile attacks continue to rise and part of the reason is overconfidence. A study from the University of Texas found that people think they are smarter than the criminals behind these scams, which is why many fall victim to them.

Don’t be overconfident, always take precautions with strange links in emails or chat messages. Use the infographic and visit dfndr lab to remain informed.

Finally, protect your Android phone with an antivirus app like dfndr security. You’ll be thankful you did.