10 tips to avoid Phishing attacks
As you already know, phishing is a technique that involves tricking the user to steal confidential information , access codes, etc., making you believe that you are in a place of total confidence.
Until now, hackers have used emails to launch these types of attacks, but with the massive use of social networks and smartphones with Internet connection, the attack routes are multiplying.
These emails or messages include a link that takes the user to a website in theory known, but which is a copy of the original where confidential information is requested.
In this way, users who are too trusting and who do not have adequate antivirus protectioncould be involved in these types of attacks whose main objective is the theft of personal data.
With the economic crisis, phishing attacks have proliferated that have as their hook the promise of a great job or a simple way to get money.
The question is … How can we prevent this kind of phishing attacks?
- LEARN TO CLEARLY IDENTIFY EMAILS SUSPECTED OF BEING PHISHING
There are some aspects that unequivocally identify this type of attacks through email:
- They use names and adopt the image of real companies
- They carry as the sender the name of the company or that of a real employee of the company
- Include websites that are visually equal to those of real companies
- As a hook they use gifts or the loss of their own existing account
- CHECK THE SOURCE OF INFORMATION OF YOUR INCOMING EMAILS
Your bank will never ask you to send your keys or personal information by mail. Never answer these types of questions and if you have a minimum doubt, call your bank directly to clarify it.
- NEVER ENTER YOUR BANK’S WEBSITE BY CLICKING ON LINKS INCLUDED IN EMAILS
Do not click on the hyperlinks or links that you attach to the email, since they could blindly direct you to a fraudulent website.
Type the web address directly into your browser or use bookmarks / favorites if you want to go faster.
- STRENGTHEN THE SECURITY OF YOUR COMPUTER
Common sense and prudence is as essential as keeping your computer protected with the best windows antivirusthat blocks this type of attack. In addition, you should always have updated your operating system and web browsers.
- ENTER YOUR CONFIDENTIAL DATA ONLY ON SECURE WEBSITES
Secure websites should start with ‘https: //’ and the icon of a small closed padlock should appear in your browser.
- PERIODICALLY REVIEW YOUR ACCOUNTS
It never hurts to check your bank accounts on a regular basis, to be aware of any irregularity in your online transactions.
- NOT ONLY ONLINE BANKING LIVES THE PHISHING
Most phishing attacks go against banks, but in reality they can use any other popular website at the moment as a hook to steal personal data: eBay, Facebook, Pay Pal, etc.
- PHISHING KNOWS LANGUAGES
Phishing knows no borders and attacks can come to you in any language. As a general rule they are poorly written or translated, so this may be another indicator that something is not right.
If you never go to the web in English of your bank, why now should you get a communication from you in this language?
- AT THE SLIGHTEST DOUBT BE CAUTIOUS AND DO NOT RISK
The best way to always guess right is to systematically reject any email or communication that influences you to provide confidential information.
Eliminate this type of emails and call your bank to clarify any questions.
- REGULARLY INQUIRE ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF MALWARE
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