BEWARE OF PHISHING & SCAM:
One of the easiest & widely used hacking techniques is phishing. Phishing is creating a fake login page of some famous and trusted websites like that of social media website or your bank website to trick users into revealing their login credential of that proposed sites. As phishing page look exactly same as the original site so some people may fall for it assuming it legit. Hackers usually set up a look-alike fake site & send this to victim via email or message camouflaging it to some legit reason like that of password recovery prompt or illegal access notification, asking user to login into their account to fix it, & people easily fall for it logging through that fake page gives the user credentials to hackers hand and pheww! You are screwed, but don’t worry here are ways to easily identify these tricks if you keep your eyes open & apply that THINK-CHECK-CONNECT rule. So here are some quickies you should follow-
- Learn to identify phishing emails: phishing emails are mostly bank or financial account related but it can be of some social media too like that of Facebook/Gmail or twitter. Most of the phishing mail promotes gifts on behalf of a bank or trusted website to lure customers or appear as a reminder to a loss of an existing account or as an illegal login alert. These reasons are quite catchy & people use to jump on it to take action, here you are falling for the trap. So never reset your account password through a mail, always visit the site to check yourself if your account password is really changed or is there any security breaches in your account. If it is offering you some gifts or beneficial services from bank never jump on the opportunity to claim it first visit your bank website or rather call to make sure that offer is legit.
- Never visit your bank or any other social site through a link: It is always good to be safe than sorry, so whenever in a doubt avoid trusting fishy mail.
- Never open any link directly through email from unknown sources: especially when it is from an unknown source as you never want to go on a ride blindfolded. You never know where that link takes you or what type of data it contains, it can be a one-click malware which can be easily installed on your system just with a single click & hence you are hijacked.
- Always check the URL of a phishing link: URLs can be easily camouflaged even a phishing site can have the same URL as that of the original site through some software easily available in web like www.tinyurl.com . You can check if the link is directing you to a trusted site or not just by hovering your cursor over the link & the original URL will be displayed in the bottom left corner of your browser. For example you get a link directing it to your Facebook profile whose URL is http://www.facebook.com/username but when you hover your cursor above that link you will see that the actual URL is something like http://www.facebookk.com/username. Hope you got the catch.