Today, the world is at a high pace in technological development and it’s really difficult to keep up with the upcoming challenges and issues. Security and privacy are the most common challenges to technology. Every day, there are several victims online to many attacks such as phishing, spywares, and infected sites. The threats online are really vast. Among those threats, the major one is Phishing, as it involves money and transactions. You should have come across this word, Phishing if you are familiar with the internet. Don’t worry if you don’t know what it is.
What is Phishing?
Phishing is an illegal practice to steal private and confidential data such as usernames and passwords by many methods. Phishing is done through emails, and fake webpages that resemble the original ones. Users of online banking, online shopping and other online activities that involve money are the primary targets.
For example, if you are a user of online banking of a reputed bank and someone gets to know this. He’s probably a hacker. He decides to steal your credentials. In this case, he designs a webpage or email that resembles very much to the original webpage or email of the bank. He requests your credentials by misusing the bank’s reputation that you have.
It is true that phishing has developed a lot and there is a huge increase in the number of victims involved too. However, you can be safe and secure if you follow the safety measures mentioned here and stay alert always.
Top ways to defend Phishing
ALWAYS Stay Alert
Hackers keep looking for those who do not have much knowledge or awareness about online threats. They misuse those few moments of a day when you fail to be alert and fall prey to them.
Keep staying alert. This is a must despite how busy you are and how important your time is.
If you are alert, you are 99% safe. Not 100% because there are sometimes when people stay alert but become victims. That occurs due to lac k of knowledge. However, staying alert is the #1 Measure.
Check the sender of the email that you receive. Check multiple times if he’s a trusted sender.
If you find any mail or webpage suspicious, do not take risks.
Never reveal your credential to anybody. No bank or site such as PayPal asks for your password. Do not fall prey to people who pretend to be a representative of a company and ask for your password.
Whenever you visit your banks’ sites or sites like PayPal, make sure that your address bar includes the “https”. If it is “http”, it doesn’t mean that you are being attacked! “https” is used by major sites. If that’s missing, something is probably wrong. And also make use of the potential of today’s technology. Pay attention to your browser’s warnings and tips to stay secure. Today’s browsers are much advanced and secure which is an advantage to users. Use a good Antivirus program with an inbuilt firewall. It is highly recommended to buy the best antivirus software, so that all threats in your system are removed and your system is also secured from online threats.
After your online session, do not forget to log out of the site used and also clear your cookies stored in your browser. There are chances of some evil cookies to track your activities and so something really bad to your account.
Follow these measures and adapt the tips in this post and I assure that you can avoid most of the threats online and stay secure from phishing attacks.
Abejith is a student blogger who has great interest in Technology and he blogs about it in his technology blog Techmissile.