Stay Stress-Free with these Simple Phishing Protection Tips

 Many of us would have come across the word phishing, email scams, and frauds, etc., but never really bothered to dig deeper into it. Yes, you could be phished even without yourself having any clue of it. Many people have fallen in the traps of cyber-criminals without having any idea of their sensitive or confidential personal information (e.g., username, passwords, bank account details, etc.) being stolen or compromised, while they are browsing the internet.

 In this article, we’ll be helping you to stay stress-free with these simple phishing protection tips.

1. Be Aware, Be Alert And Be Sensible

One of the first lines of defense against phishing attacks is being sensible and alert while browsing online or checking emails. Most of the attacks are successful the moment an attachment is opened in an email or files are downloaded from unsolicited websites. Because phishing emails are challenging to be identified as they come well-disguised and appear to be coming from trusted sources.

People should never click links or URLs in an email unless they are sure about the genuineness of the email sender. But if you want to open that link, open a new tab and manually type in the URL in the address bar.

The best phishing protection measure is to never give out your personal information or banking details in an email, because legitimate organizations such as banks, won’t request your personal information through email.

2. Look out for shortened links

Social Media is one place where hackers and cybercriminals lurk around to look for easy targets.  The latest ploy adopted by attackers is to use shortened links attached to the description of some controversial photo. People often fall for this trap and thinking it as a legitimate link and in their urge to know more about the picture, will click the link. But the link won’t take users to the desired site but will be redirected to some fraudulent website. That is why when you click on any link; it is always better to hover over the link and see if that takes you to the desired location.

3. Feeling Suspicious - Report

Email is an essential part of communication in our daily lifestyle as we receive hundreds of emails every day. It could be challenging to separate between a genuine or a duplicate email. But some emails come with some impersonal greeting like “Dear Member,” “You have Won,” “Highly Esteemed Customer” and so on. Someone doesn’t receive these kinds of salutations every day, and it could be either genuine or a trick to lure user. However, if you feel that the email is suspicious than refrain from opening it or go through the content again.

4. Organizations Don’t Request Personal Information in Emails

One of the best phishing protection measures, as already discussed above, is to keep in mind that no reputed organization will ask for personal information from their customers through an email request. Only during emergencies do companies ask their customers to update something. Take the case of eBay, which sent out a mass email campaign to their customers asking them to change their passwords when a major data breach occurred in their data servers. But most often only hackers pose as company personnel and ask you click some link to enter a contest or claim a coupon etc.

5. Browse securely with HTTPs     

Security experts always recommend using a secure website. To identify if a website is safe or not, look at the URL if it starts with https:// or if there is a lock icon seen in the address bar, then it means it is a secure website. People can submit their personal information and other sensitive information like credit card details in secured sites without any worry.

In case you are outside and want to do some transaction, refrain from using Public or unsecured WiFi as it may pose a security threat, and hackers can easily gain access to your information. When you have no option, better use your mobile data (4G/LTE) for banking or shopping online activities.

6. Install a good Antivirus Software

Last but not least, it is always better to be safe than sorry. So if you look forward to staying stress-free from phishing, then better install good antivirus software and keep it updated all the time. There are many popular antivirus software out there in the market, including Norton Antivirus, McAfee, Kaspersky Internet Security, etc.

Conclusion

Phishing is becoming a worrying issue among organization as even after investing so much of budget in security, still somehow their networks get compromised. Cyber-criminals are always one step ahead of our line of defense, and it is imperative for everyone to keep away from unsecured email attachments and fraudulent websites.

Phishing can be a tough nut to crack at a time, but when you follow the simple and useful phishing protection tips, then it helps in minimizing the risks involved in falling victim to the fraudulent games played by adversaries.

 
 
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