Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report has found that 63 percent of recent breaches were due to weak passwords, TechCrunch reports. Phishing scams are also a major culprit, the report states. Nearly one-third of the analyzed phishing emails were opened by recipients. While the sophistication and success rate of these attacks is growing, strategies for keeping oneself safe remains the same. “The surest anti-phishing protection is also one of the rarest assets around: common sense,” the report adds. “No matter who an email comes from, never click on a link in an email — instead cut and paste it into a web browser and read the address. If it smells phishy, it probably is.”
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