5 simple tricks to protect yourself from Phishing

5 simple tricks to protect yourself from Phishing

Phising is a social engineering technique used to exploit the imperfections of the security systems. With time, there has been a rapid increase in the phishing incidents across the globe ranging from minor data losses to huge thefts and frauds.

In simpler terms, phishing is a form of hacking by misleading users. It can be labeled as a “fraud” because it deals with user exploitation by using impersonation as the means of obtaining sensitive information such as passwords, credit card credentials and other highly sensitive data. It deals with a system based on baiting and getting users to log in with their personal details onto the disguised webpage.

The AnIT-Bridge team decided the need for public awareness due to the rapid increase in phishing rates across the globe. However, it can be concluded that there is no real way to cure phishing as a whole. Phishing is spreading like a virus, from one user to another. There are some tips that we would like to share to keep the general public safe from losing their sensitive data.

i) Be realistic and sensible while opening links
Carefully check the link, note for any misspellings. In the url, check carefully for any suspicious entries that do not match with the real identity of the webpage you are trying to login. It is a fairly common but wise saying “Prevention is better than cure”. It makes a lot of sense here, be wise and avoid being phished rather than having to find measures to retain the stolen data.

ii) Is the sender trustworthy?
It is very important to see if the sender of the email is a trustworthy entity or not. Receiving an email from an anonymous entity means you simply avoid it. Even if you receive an email from someone not in your close circle, avoid it because it’s for the better.

iii) Verify
If the sender of the email is someone from your close circle, look closely to check if the link seems suspicious. At times, the senders themselves are subjected to phishing and the link is infact automatically generated to be spread like a virus. Avoid opening it and verify from the sender whether if he sent it or not.

iv) Stay secure
Staying secure by using a secure website. A secure website can be indicated by the “Https”. When observing the “Http” before the link, it signifies that a webpage is secure and can be trusted. Before handing out sensitive info such as bank data or credit card, make sure you follow these steps.

v) Report
Don’t let suspicious activity go unnoticed. On coming across such a webpage attempting to phish, report directly to the real organization. This way, such scamming pages can be dealt with and security can be ensured.

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