Have you ever received an email from your bank asking you to log into your bank account to avail a special offer or a free gift? Have you ever received an email containing a link to some tempering videos or picture and then when you click on the link you are asked to enter your Gmail username, then chances are that you may have been a victim to a Phishing attack.
Phishing is a type of attack of in which a cyber criminal pretends to be a trustworthy source and then tries to steal your sensitive information like your usernames, passwords, credit card numbers and other details. Phishing attacks are usually used to gain illegal access to your email account. Typically, most phishing attacks are executed via email, social networking site, text message or chat. While phishing attacks are rapidly increasing, the good news is that with some basic precautions you can easily protect yourself.
- It is advisable to never click on a link received from anywhere even if the source seems trustworthy to log into any of your accounts. Instead, make sure you manually open the browser, type the URL address that you want to visit and only then log in. This will protect you against Phishing attacks where a malicious user may have sent you a manipulated link.
- Never share confidential information via forms embedded inside email messages, chances are they are nothing but Phishing attacks.
- Popular browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox provide you with active protection against phishing and malware attacks while you are surfing the Internet. Make sure that this feature is enabled in your browser by going into settings.
- If somebody sends you a link then it is important to first check whether it is safe or not before you click on it. PhishTank is a free website that has a large crowd sourced database of known Phishing websites and it allows you to check whether a particular link is safe or not.
- Use your common sense and be wary of all requests for confidential information that you receive through the Internet.