So you don’t want to fall into the trap of this hackers and end up revealing all your valuable data.
So here is a-
Detailed Guide on How to Spot and Avoid Phishing Emails
|Detailed Guide to Phishing Email Prevention and Identification|
What is Phishing?
Phishing is an illegal way through which hackers steal a users personal information such as credit card details, username, passwords by disguising as a trustworthy entity.
Phishing attacks are usually carried out by email spoofing in which users are redirected to a fake website copy which looks absolutely similar to the original website. Then the user enters their username and passwords and the information is collected and used for illegal purposes.
How does Phishing Work?
The steps involved in Phishing are:-
1.) Research – The hackers will do a thorough research on which brand’s customers to target and how to get email addresses of those customers.
2.) Setup – Once the research step is completed then they create an email and website which looks similar to the brand (like inch perfect). This makes users assume that it is a genuine website.
3.) Attack – This is the step where the damage is done. Phishers will send a malicious email to the user and trick them into entering their bank account details and social media username and passwords.
4.) Damage – Then this personal information is used to carry out illegal transactions and performs identity theft.
Different types of Phishing
In this method, the hackers study the in and out of their target and try to look as genuine as possible. Hence the probability of success increases.
In this method, the hackers use the previously delivered but legitimate emails that contain either a link or an attachment. Then they modify these email by replacing the links or an attachment with other malicious link or an attachment and thereby gathering your personal information.
This is similar to a spear phishing attack but the target is the high profile person or senior executive of the company.
4.) SMS Phishing
In this method, the hacker will send a text message to the user convincing him to disclose his bank account details and other personal credentials.
5.) Voice Phishing
In this method, the hacker uses speech synthesis software purporting to notify the user of a suspicious activity in their bank account.
Hence asking the user to respond to their malicious phone number and verify their identity and hence stealing their information.
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How to Spot a Phishing Email?
|How to Detect Phishing Email?|
1.) Suspicious Links
When an email asks you to click on the link for tasks such as resetting your bank password or any other verification purposes then straight away open a new browser window and type the website address in the address bar to check if the website is legal.
2.) Check for spelling mistakes
Big brands are very particular about the emails they are sending to the customers. They hire professional copywriters to go through their mail.
3.) Look for words such as “Urgent” and “Suspended” in the subject
This is a very clever psychological trick used by the hackers to make users believe that their account has been hacked or suspended and trick users to change their account passwords.
4.) Unwanted Attachments
If you find any unwanted attachments in the mail then it is a clear indication that the attachment consists of harmful virus such as keyloggers.
5.) Look for the email address
Obviously, when a brand is going to send an email to their customers they will be sending it through the company’s domain and not through public address such as “gmail.com” or “yahoo.com”.
6.) Links to sites that are misspelled of familiar brands
When the email sender asks you to click on the certain link and when you open it in new browser window always check for the website address. For example, if the website address is “www.nikie.com” instead of “www.nike.com” then straight away close that window.
How to Avoid Phishing Email?
|How to Prevent Phishing Emails?|
1.) Use a website like “URLVOID.com” to check if any link is a phishing link.
It provides a backlist report which is checked by 20+ antivirus softwares in real-time.
2.) Always work on a secure connection. Look for “https” in the URL and if it is not present then avoid entering any personal detail on that webpage.
3.) Hackers will try their best to imitate a brand and look as professional as possible. So always look out for the hyperlinks as they cannot pick the exact domain name as the brand.
There will be spelling mistakes like instead of “nike.com” it can be “nikie.com”.
4.) If the sender asks you to login into your social media or bank account through his link, then open the new tab and manually type the website address.
5.) Avoid logging into your bank accounts on a public wifi as hackers can spoof web pages to redirect them to the phishing websites and steal your data.
6.) Install an antivirus which will tell you if the link is phishing link or a genuine link.
7.) Always report the phishing websites.
If you come across any website which you might find as a phishing website then report that page to the respective brand.
8.) Always share the information about the phishing mail you come across on social media platforms and also with your family and friends so they can avoid themselves from getting scammed.
So here are all the things you need to spot phishing emails and steps to avoid this emails and prevent yourself from getting scammed.
If you know any other method to detect phishing email or prevention tactics then please comment down below.
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