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How to prevent phishing attacks
As you know, phishing is a technique that involves tricking the user, usually through a malicious link or attachment in an email, in order to steal confidential information , passwords, etc, . And summer is a notorious time for phishing emails, hacks and other malware. The other day we had an incident at the office when one of our workers took the appropriate measures when sent a phishing email. It seemed suspicious that the attachment file when clicked asked for an email and password even though they knew the sender. So, they called the sender to double-check the accuracy of the attachment and the email. So, a lot of times we can trust our instincts to identify phishing emails. Often phishing emails require you to do something that is not normally done or required. That is a good indication to double-check before clicking that attachment, or that suspicious link in the email which could unleash malware, ransomeware of something worse onto your computer.
Here's 10 tips from Panda Security regarding phishing attacks and how to avoid them:
10 Tips to Prevent Phishing Attacks
1. Learn to Identify Suspected Phishing Emails
There are some qualities that identify an attack through an email:
- They duplicate the image of a real company.
- Copy the name of a company or an actual employee of the company.
- Include sites that are visually similar to a real business.
- Promote gifts, or the loss of an existing account.
2. Check the Source of Information From Incoming Mail
Your bank will never ask you to send your passwords or personal information by mail. Never respond to these questions, and if you have the slightest doubt, call your bank directly for clarification.
3. Never Go to Your Bank’s Website by Clicking on Links Included in Emails
Do not click on hyperlinks or links attached in the email, as it might direct you to a fraudulent website.
Type in the URL directly into your browser or use bookmarks / favorites if you want to go faster.
4. Enhance the Security of Your Computer
Common sense and good judgement is as vital as keeping your computer protected with a good antivirus to block this type of attack.
In addition, you should always have the most recent update on your operating system and web browsers.
5. Enter Your Sensitive Data in Secure Websites Only
In order for a site to be ‘safe’, it must begin with ‘https://’ and your browser should show an icon of a closed lock.
6. Periodically Check Your Accounts
It never hurts to check your bank accounts periodically to be aware of any irregularities in your online transactions.
7. Phishing Doesn’t Only Pertain to Online Banking
Most phishing attacks are against banks, but can also use any popular website to steal personal data such as eBay, Facebook, PayPal, etc.
8. Phishing Knows All Languages
Phishing knows no boundaries, and can reach you in any language. In general, they’re poorly written or translated, so this may be another indicator that something is wrong.
If you never you go to the Spanish website of your bank, why should your statements now be in this language?
9. Have the Slightest Doubt, Do Not Risk It
The best way to prevent phishing is to consistently reject any email or news that asks you to provide confidential data.
Delete these emails and call your bank to clarify any doubts.
10. Check Back Frequently to Read About the Evolution of Malware
If you want to keep up to date with the latest malware attacks, recommendations or advice to avoid any danger on the net, etc … you can always read our blog or follow us on Twitter and Facebook . Happy to answer any questions you may have!
Have a great summer,
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