Phishing scams continue to appear in headlines and pose a serious threat to Internet users, businesses and institutions. So it’s time to arm yourself with the most powerful form of protection – knowledge. Let us take a closer look at this in detail by highlighting ten important tips to protect against the long arm of cybercriminals.
Think before you click. The best policy is often to exercise healthy caution, especially when you receive an email asking you to click on a link that may or may not seem suspicious at first. Hover over the link to see exactly where it will take you, and reread the body of the text before taking action. If you’re still not sure about yourself, ask a friend you trust to give your opinion.
Think about site security. This is a simple check, which takes a few seconds. So, really, what’s the excuse to ignore it? You’re on the site and you’re going to enter a lot of confidential information. You hesitate and wonder whether the site is legal or fraudulent. In general, a secure site that allows you to make money transactions should always be secured with SSL encryption. The symbol “https” and “closed lock” in the address confirm this.
Contact the source. You will see an email impersonating a representative of your bank asking you to follow the link and quickly enter your contact details to correct a fraudulent transaction. Are you ignoring this email? Or are you just following instructions and taking risks? Here’s the third option: contact the source. In this case, first call your bank at the contact number listed on their official website.
Be careful with the nozzles. We all get attachments from friends, family and departments. And most of the time, they’re harmless. But you’d better take your time before downloading them, as they can become a burden for malware. Check the body, name and address of the sender of the email for any red flags, including the attachment itself. For example, an email may seem unusually general and say, “Hello, can you view this report as soon as possible?
Another useful tip is to keep up to date with phishing technology by subscribing to online security resources. Finally, you can of course enhance your protection on the Internet by installing a reputable antivirus and antivirus package and using a firewall (preferably a combination of desktop and network). Keeping your browser, operating system and applications up to date can also significantly improve your protection on the Internet.
Of course, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of phishing. But if you follow these tips, you will have a much better chance of detecting threats at an early stage and taking the necessary preventive measures to stay away from the traps of cybercrime.