Safety Tips

    Phishing – How Can You Avoid Getting Hooked?

    Although phishing does not involve a rod, you can still be caught by the phishers who will lure you in with bait and trick you into trusting them. Phishing is a type of internet scam which is commonly targeted at people conducting online transactions when online shopping or banking.

    Phishers send mass emails which are disguised as messages from a trustworthy authority such as a bank. The links in these emails will lead recipients to fake websites which are made to look authentic so that people are tricked into entering their personal information such as credit card details or passwords.

    Although these scams are common and are often convincing, there are some ways in which you can avoid falling victim to them.

    • Check the URL of the website to make sure it is legitimate.
    • Install a spam detector or use an email service which provides it to block emails from unknown or suspicious sources.
    • Filter your emails to find malicious software.
    • Install security software for protection against phishing scams, identity theft and to stop your personal information from being shared with third parties.
    • Install anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam solutions such as McAfee Internet Security.

    If you are a business then you can also take care by:

    • Ensuring the URL included in any emails or messages is the same as the URL of the official website.
    • Setting up corporate policies regarding any emails sent.
    • Providing customers with a way of validating received emails.
    • Having a strong authentication process for your company's website.
    • Monitoring the internet to identify any phishing sites using your brand.

    There are ways to protect yourself against this kind of scam but, like with all threats, the best protection is prevention. Phishing attacks are performed on a large scale, so lots of people are affected by them at once. This is because it doesn't matter to hackers who they target, so by casting a wide net, they are likely to capture lots of victims. You can avoid being one of them by following some simple safety guidelines.