Phishing is today’s most popular Internet scam. Phishing attacks are so successful as they are usually based on human emotions. Nowadays everyone has an email and fishing emails are sent in a bulk to thousands of targets.
So how does it work?
You receive an email from your bank, for example with an “urgent call to action” that touches your emotions. You click on the link which redirects you to a scam website that looks as a legitimate one and asks for your login credentials. Once you typed the credentials, username and password, they are sent directly to the fraudsters and now you are redirected to a real bank’s website. In other case, you install malicious software by clicking on the link. It scans your computer behind the scenes and sends your confidential information to fraudsters.
Nowadays, the fraudsters are getting more creative. They select a target, learn unique details about the victim from social networks, for example Facebook, and send them an email with a personal content pretending to be a supplier or some other trusted source.
Be smart and follow these very simple steps to protect yourself and prevent phishing attacks.
- Look for your name! If you see something like “Dear valued customer” without mentioning your name, don’t click it and simply delete the email.
- Look at the URL in the browser window, if the URL looks different from the name of the company, don’t click on it!
- Don’t use your organizational email in social networks.
- Check the sender email address, if it is not from a trusted domain, delete the email.
- Your bank will never ask you to confirm your details via email. Don’t click any links in this email and simply delete it!
- Rest your mouse on the link, that will show the real address, if it doesn’t look like proper company domain name, don’t click it!
- Look for spelling mistakes, if there are any spelling mistakes or the email doesn’t look professional, don’t click it!
- Ensure a security software is installed and updated on your computer.
- Always type the URL instead of clicking the link from the email.
Remember to never click on any links or provide any personal information before these steps are completed. Contact us today to learn how iRangers prevents cyber attacks!
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