Ways to protect yourself from phishing attacks

There has been a noticeable rise in the number of phishing attacks and it is becoming a global problem, posing threat to people and companies. Hence, one should be aware of these kinds of attacks. But first you should know what phishing is. It is a way of identity theft where hackers try to get your personal and sensitive information. Phishing has been around in one or several other forms such as phone calls, physical letter fraudulent etc. There was this case or eBay data breach, where hackers sent warning to users asking them to change their passwords but it guided them to a fake website to get their personal details.

Cyber criminals see phishing as a successful and simple way to get into a company and launch more attacks. Humans have been the most effective target for criminals who want to enter a company or SME. But, in this post we will tell you how to stay protected from phishing attacks:

  1. Be sensitive about phishing attacks

You can lower your chance of falling prey to phishing attacks by being smart and sensible while surfing online and checking mails. You should never click on download files, links and open email attachments, even if it is from a known source. You should never click on the links present in your mails, unless you know the source is trusted and authentic.

If there is any doubt, then open a new window in your browser and type the URL. If any mail enquires about your confidential information like bank details, then never give it. Legit organizations will never ask your personal details via mail.

  1. Look out for shortened links

You should scrutinize the shortened links, especially on social media platforms. Cyber criminals use shortening services to trick people to click on the links thinking it is legit, when in reality you are directed to a fake site.

Put your mouse on the web link of the mail to see if you are being directed to the right site or not. The one in the mail and the one you see on the mouse over should be same. Cyber criminals can use fake sites to steal your bank details.

  1. Stay aware of the threats and deadlines

Sometimes you may get scares, threats and deadlines from your company to do something urgently. Some of the threats may include fine notice or suggesting you to do something to prevent your account from being logged out. Ignore the deadline and threat and get in touch with the company first via a reliable channel.

  1. Browse safely with HTTPs

Make sure you always use a safe website with HTTP and a security lock icon to browse, especially when you are filling some sensitive details online like online payment or credit card details. Never use public Wi-Fi to shop online or enter your personal details online. Use your mobile 4G or LTE connectivity. This way you can dodge unsecure website and not fall prey to phishing attacks.