Spear Phishing: a New, Targeted Twist on Phishing

Another popular ploy using info gleaned from social media: the hacker poses as someone from a smaller retailer where he knows the intended victim has just made a purchase. The hacker simply asks the recipient to reset his password or re-verify his credit card number. All kinds of financial mayhem follows.

The best way to avoid these scams? Be smart. Never give credit card, banking info, or passwords to someone who has emailed you. If you think it might be legit, contact the “friend” who sent the email or the retail establishment in question.


  • Use strong passwords (LINK TO https://www.network-support.com/is-your-pssw0rd-secure/)
  • When you get notices from software vendors to update your software, do it; updates often include security patches
  • Be careful about what you post on social media; don’t reveal too much about where you’ve been or what you’ve purchased

Protecting against phishing and spear phishing accounts takes intelligence, diligence and a fair amount of cynicism when it comes to evaluating the authenticity of email.