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Phishing What Is It And How To Avoid It

While the internet has many advantages, we also need to remember that it can bring with it dangers. The proliferation of sophisticated and malicious malware (or computer viruses) has been a major problem that cybersecurity professionals have had to face in recent years.

We spoke to you a few months back about ransomware, which is one of most well-known cyberattacks in society, as it is the fastest-growing and most widespread form of virus. There are other types of threats: ransomware, spyware, networkworms Trojans, and riskware.

We will explain what phishing is, how it works, and how to avoid it. This attack has become very popular and can have serious consequences.

Phishing and identity theft

Phishing refers to a cybercrime which tries to gain access to our confidential information, including bank account numbers, passwords, and cards. It is done with the intent of using these details to commit fraud.

Email is the greatest ally of Phishing

Emails in which the cybercriminal pretends to be a trusted entity, person or company are the most common type of threat. In these emails, we ask for certain information, tell us about our account, and request that we confirm some confidential information. The user enters the requested information believing it to be trustworthy.

Although phishing is not as common, there are still other types of phishing. There are two options: SMS with a fake link to encourage it to open, also known as smishing; or a phone call where the cybercriminal pretends to be a bank and asks for personal information. Vishing is the last method.

A form of spear phishing, which is an enhanced form of phishing, is also available. This attack targets specific individuals (unlike traditional attacks on an address base). These people usually have full access and can gain confidential information such as the security personnel at many companies.

This attack is different from the “normal” one. It tends to be more cautious in both the content and the presentation of the email.

What makes us fall for phishing schemes?

Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and can copy the look and style of many companies. This is why we often fall prey to them.

We must also remember that they are often not detected in time due to lack of knowledge by the user. Not knowing the risks can lead to falling into the click trap more easily, so cybersecurity education is vital.

How can we avoid phishing

A good antivirus program is the best way to guard against these types of threats. This will stop spam reaching our main email inbox.

These are some tips to help you avoid phishing.

  • Before opening suspicious mail, always verify the identity of the sender.
  • You should not respond to any questionnaire asking for confidential information via email.
  • You should not send an email to your bank asking for access to their website.
  • Avoid opening links that look strange to you. You can check the link’s security by entering it manually into your header search engine.
  • You should review your accounts movements periodically.

Learn how to recognize phishing emails. Misspellings and unusual wording could be indicators of phishing. These criminals also often use promotions or gifts as a hook.

Remember that banks and other secured entities will never ask you for confidential information via email. It is best to get in touch with the entity that sent the message to confirm that it is reliable. You can find out more.

Enigma Rachel Elle