How to avoid Email Phishing Attacks
Phishing is one of the most widespread forms of cyber attacks, usually carried out over email. Phishing and malware attacks are intended to steal important data and information by tricking the target into doing what the scammer wants. The victims are trapped to click a malicious link with the aim of persuading them to enter personal information.
Personal emails, as well as business accounts like Gmail and Yahoo, are targeted by hackers to leak confidential company details, including employee and customer information. The hacker deceives you by sending an email that looks like it comes from someone you know or from a familiar company. That email carries links that look normal, but are actually malicious to cause you serious harm. Therefore, people are warned against opening email from strangers and clicking on any links or attachments from unknown sources.
The purpose of phishing is to steal personal and confidential information on the web. The scammer infiltrates your email or maybe social media account to gain access to your sensitive information, such as passwords, ID, and details of credit cards.
How does it work?
These spam emails may ask you to update information about your personal accounts or any of your confidential information and will guide you to visit websites, which appear to be a legitimate one. However, these websites are actually operated by scammers to take over sensitive information from you.
Sometimes, the email contains a malicious attachment for you to open or download. You might not get to know about it and the hacker silently in the background steals files and data without your knowledge.
How to prevent yourself and your organization from phish net?
First and foremost, install commercial anti-virus and anti-spam software on your computer or laptop and keep it updated. Also, make sure to use robust Internet security with a strong firewall. Apart from this, learn about these phishing attacks and how to avoid them. Following tips will help you in preventing phishing attacks.
- The first tip is to place the mouse over link given in the suspicious email. If hovering over it shows different link address and not the same hyperlinked address, the link is malicious.
- Most importantly, never give your bank or credit card details over the internet. If you receive an email from your bank or credit card company asking for your account information, make sure to call the number, rather than responding to that mail.
- Another trick used by hackers is sending emails with government addresses. Always remember, government agencies hardly ever contact through electronic methods. In most cases, any email received from a government agency is possibly a scam.
- If you find a brilliant deal or a stranger offering a huge sum of money in return for a small investment, most probably it is a scam.
If you doubt any email, simply delete it and empty the trash. Prevention is always better than cure, therefore take every possible precaution to avoid phishing scams and if in the worst case, something goes wrong immediately consult a certified and experienced data recovery specialist to protect your valuable data.