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Cyber Security

Microsoft Sway Alerts? What Are Those?

 August 5, 2020

By  Anton Kiorolgo

Phishing attacks sound dubiously close to “fishing” for a reason – this scam method dangles a hook in the water (a spoofed login page, for example) waiting for unsuspecting individuals to bite (entering their info on a spoofed site) and then the scammer reels them in, stealing their information.

Scammers are Using Microsoft’s Sway Application to Sway You into Compromising Your Security!

Modern phishing attempts generally come in for the form of “New Fax Received,” “New Message,” “New Notification,” and “New Voicemail” messages. Should the victim pursue the message further, they are brought to a landing page via an embedded link that seems legitimate. The victim enters their information – from there, the scammers have access and the account entered is now at high risk.

Microsoft Sway is part of the Microsoft Office family – it is frequently used to build websites and landing pages from scratch. What makes them particularly tricky, is that they are shared from Microsoft domains, making them particularly difficult to decipher their intent.

Phishing Avoidance Tips:

  • Do not open unsolicited attachments or links.
  • If the content of an email or message looks tampered with or spoofed, it likely is.
  • Check the “From” line of emails. Has it been sent from a trustworthy source? Be careful, though – scammers with a little expertise can spoof official email accounts.
  • Never use the embedded hyperlinks in an unexpected email (especially from unverified senders) – especially to login pages. These pages can be replicated to look the same but steal your information after it has been entered.
  • If in doubt, do not open any content and directly contact the supposed sender for verification.

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