You know those pesky spam emails that manage to get through filters? Some of them may seem quite normal, just from a random sender. Some tell users to click a link to enter contests or download a necessary security update. However, if these emails usually seem a bit fishy, it’s because they are.

Phishing emails are one of the most common and well-known forms of cyberattacks. Even though the majority of tech users are aware of them, far too many people manage to get themselves into a heck of a lot of computer and mobile trouble caused by these emails. According to Barkly, 76% of businesses surveyed say they experienced a phishing attack in 2017. By the end of 2017, the average user was receiving about 16 malicious emails per month.

These days, the more common phishing attacks are slipping through the cracks. That’s only because some IT professionals aren’t making their staff aware of them. These are just a few of the most common phishing attacks we saw throughout 2018:

  1. SMiShing

Over the past few years, smartphones and other connected devices have not only changed the way we communicate with each other, but have broadened the targets for hackers in a big way. Phishing text messages are very common nowadays. Don’t take them lightly, either. Employees who use their mobile devices for company business are now a huge target.

When a corrupt link is clicked in a text message, a virus, ransomware, or another form of malware will be deployed, and the information in that mobile device (including photos, contacts, emails and files) will be vulnerable. One mobile breach could mean hours or even days of downtime, especially for an SMB.

  1. GDPR-related Emails


In the months before the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, hackers were phishing like crazy. They posed as tech giants like Airbnb and delivered emails warning users they wouldn’t be able to access the service if they didn’t change their privacy settings. Users would then log in to a replica website, and their credentials would be stolen by the hackers.

  1. Tax Professional Scams

Right after the end of tax season, scammers began sending phishing emails to accountants and other tax professionals. These hackers posed as state accounting associations and tried to obtain the login credentials of tax professionals to the IRA’s website. This gave hackers access to incredibly sensitive data that resulted in drained bank accounts and identity theft.

Phishing has been around since the beginning of email. It clearly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The best way to stay safe online is to prepare ahead through education and proper data security measures. StorageCraft is the data security pro. We specialize in data backups and storage that make a big difference to small and medium-sized businesses. Contact us today to find out which solution is best for the needs of your company.

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  • you missed so many important factors. just don't bother writing an article like this if you don't provide all the information, its far too dumbed down. you have probably lead astray some poor network/system admin who will choose to back up to disk and sacrifice his companies data retention for cost. you don't know the cost of the average company to lose recoverable data.

    • Hi Daniel,

      Thank you for your comments. Yep, there is so much to talk about with this topic. What information would you like to see in more detail? We're always looking to talk about the tech that interests our readers as well as what interests us.


  • This appears to no longer work on their 6.1 and 6.1.1 versions. I tried FAT32 and NTFS partitions as well.

    It appears they switched to some sort of linux boot to do this.

  • The price of a microlized hypervisor is in case of Hyper-V, that it is to large to get fully loaded into the RAM. This could have backdraws if you lost the contact to the boot volume. I found an impressive demonstration about this topic @Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8ZF0ez0iH0
    In case of this, it seems VMware has still the better product.

  • Well done to Guy & Casey it's an excellent eBook, well worth reading and well worth keeping a copy close to hand!

    • Hi John,

      I'm glad you asked! I believe your company is in New Zealand, is that correct? You'll probably want to contact our sales team in Australia at sales[at]storagecraft.com.au or call +61 2 8061 4444. If you are interested in signing up in the United States or Canada, you can either submit an inquiry here: http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow-protect-msp.php or contact our sales team directly at 801.545.4700 or via email at sales[at]storagecraft.com.

  • This is good news that Shadowprotect will be supporting Linux OS. What if we use the current iso to take backup of linux OS, can it work for backup and restore? Let me know.

    • Hello Vinod,

      Yes, we believe this is great news that StorageCraft will be releasing a CrossPlatform version of ShadowProtect which supports both the Windows and Linux platforms. We're very excited about this news.

      The current release of the ShadowProtect Recovery Environment - CrossPlatform is a positive step towards supporting the Linux OS. Currently this CrossPlatform Recovery Environment is intended only for backing up and recovering Windows OS systems (including Windows 8 and Server 2012). Another release will have the complete tools for backing up and recovering both Linux and Windows systems. I can tell you that this later release will be out before the end of the year. Until then, thank you for your kind comments and we we're looking forward to providing you with more information about this exciting update in the near future. Check back with us again soon.

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