7 ways to avoid Phishing attacks

  • By Megha Mittal
  • Published on 27 March 2018

7 ways to avoid Phishing attacks

Hackers are using many methods of cyberattacks and the most sophisticated way is in the form of emails, social media network or any other mode of online communication to steal your valuable data.

Yes, hackers are using this common method known as Phishing attack!

Phishing is a technique to steal your confidential information, password, card details, etc. via email or any other online communication medium. Clicking on a phishing email, they take you to the fraudulent site, which looks like the legitimate business site. And thus, users get involved in attack compromising their personal data.

Now, let’s go through some ways to avoid Phishing attacks:

Be Updated With Latest Phishing Techniques

Phishing scams are being developed all the time. You should be aware of their latest techniques so that you don’t fall into a trap. By knowing their latest attack will lower your risk of getting into one.

Beware Of Suspicious Email Or Links

Just do not click on every email you get. And if the email contains a link, don’t click on it. Hover over the link and check if it leads to the expected page.

If any email asks your personal information then you should check if the email starts with your name. Most of the Phishing emails start with the "Dear Customer", so you should be alert when you come across such emails.

Never Go To Your Bank Website From A Link In Your Email

Most of the Phishing emails may claim to be from your bank and when you click on the link it may land upon the fraudulent website which might look exactly like a real website.

Keep Your Computer Protected

Good antivirus can guard your system against such attacks by blocking those sites. And you should always have the most recent update of your operating system and browsers.

Enter Your Sensitive Data In Secured Website Only

If you are entering your personal data, you should only add if the website starts with https://. Avoid adding your data to the site without a secured layer.

Know the Common Phishing Language

You should understand the language of phishing emails. Although they resemble the real email still there are things which make them look inadequate.

  • The legitimate business will never send you the emails asking your login or personal information.
  • If there is any warning email that your account is compromised, do not click any link or consider the email. You should check with your respective company to verify the information.
  • The legitimate business will always address you with your first and second name.
  • Be Cautious Of The Pop-Ups

    Some pop-ups may seem to be a part of the Legitimate business, but they are an attempt to a phishing attack. Never click on cancel button as they may land up to the phishing site, rather click on the cross button on the left corner of the pop-up.

    Although there are ways to avoid phishing scams, still up to 5% of users fall into a trap of such attacks. And these attacks are mostly observed in banking and e-commerce domain.

    Once you compromise your password, your account and even business will be at stake. Adopting the LoginCat cybersecurity solution will safeguard you against such attacks!