What is a Phishing Attack?
Phishing is a type of social engineering attack often used to steal a user’s or a Company’s data. It usually occurs when an attacker tricks a user into opening an email or an instant message (popup) which in return puts all the data at risk.
How to Avoid Them?
No-one wants to be a victim of a phishing attack. Although these attacks can’t be stopped but these can be avoided through following proper guidelines. The same way Backup and disaster recovery are very important for businesses to save their data from natural disasters and online attacks.
Keep your personal information secure
It is a general rule that you should never share your personal information over the internet. Mostly, phishing emails will direct you to pages where data is required for financial or personal information. You should never make confidential entries through the links provided in the emails.
Never send an email with sensitive information to anyone. No authentic source will ask you such information over the internet. Make it a habit to check the address of the website. A secure website always starts with https.
Lookout for Spams and suspicious emails
A Phishing email is usually identified through suspicious links or by asking sensitive information. If an email contains a link and it is by a new or not trusted source, don’t click it. One way to check the authenticity of the source is by typing in the web address and verifying the source through another browser or tab.
Another scam used us through verification and payment emails. You might receive an email by a bank or spokesperson claiming that your account is blocked, click the link to verify it. In this case, directly contact the bank (or any other entity) instead of clicking the links.
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Popups are often used as phishing attempts. If you see one ignore it. Make sure to click on the ‘x’ at the top corner of the popup and sometimes the ‘cancel’ button also Is coded to a phishing site.
Deploy a proper Backup Solution
It is essential to have a Cloud backup solution in place. In case the above techniques fail and the attacker somehow managed to gain access to the system, it is best to have a proper backup in place. So if the files and data are lost or compromised, there would be a backup of them in a secure location where it can be easily restored.
Phishing emails have been around since the beginning of the internet and there is a fair chance they will continue and won’t go away any time soon but they can be avoided through proper guidelines and practices.