“Get Aware”: From our very first article, we are getting you aware & educated about various general & some uncommon. And today, we will learn about Phishing, but before that check out the artwork that I created (I hope it looks good):
So, What is Phishing?
A phishing website, email or message work in a way that it tricks you to reveal your personal information such as bank account, contact details and mostly your passwords. It’s the most popular type of hacking and also, the easiest one according to the hackers. But more important thing is that we should think that “Why hackers consider this easy?” The answer is that most of us are not aware; just as soon as we see an appealing offer we click it without even thinking that if that offer is even possible?. 😦
What do they want?
The reason behind phishing depends eventually on the hacker’s intention. Mainly, they will try to get the following details:
- Username or password
- Bank account number or security details
- Full credit card numbers
- Your mother’s maiden name (Many people use it as their security question’s answer.)
- Your personal details like your birthdate, school or email etc.
What does phishing depends on?
They will use Emails, tweets, online advertisement or anything that you can click on. Then they smartly redirect you to fake sign-in screens, where they mainly try to steal your passwords. And if we think what it depends on, it depends on our foolishness and carelessness. As I said above, we just don’t think before clicking.
How to detect a phishing attack? And how to beat it?
Follow these simple guidelines to detect a phishing attack and also, how to beat it:
- Turn on the eagle vision: Here, I mean that before clicking on any web site that you are not familiar with, check its URL first. Mostly, they are designed to look like a real company’s website or email, but they just can’t simply cover the whole thing as most of the domain selling website make sure that the URL is used for a business or personal purpose, rather than something illegal like hacking.
Eg: Facebook’s real web address is “https://www.Facebook.com“, but if a hacker sent it to you, it will be something like “http://xyz.facebook.com” so, it’s simple to detect one. And when the beginners do this, their URL is even easier to detect as they will use something like: “http://freehostingsite.xyz.com/facebook.php“.
- Use a smart browser: Web browsers like Chrome or Firefox have the ability to auto-detect a phishing website and give you a warning before you visit that website. And for this purpose you just need to make sure that your browser is smart enough to detect the hack.
- Don’t trust everyone: You simply don’t need to open every email attachment or click every link that you receive by any unknown person. Before taking any action make sure that legitimate, you can simply check the email address or the person’s profile and if it don’t feel safe to you, just simply delete it or save others by marking it as scam.
- Too good to be true: Remember? When you receive an email with a tagline “Congratulation you have won an iPhone” or something like “A person has left you his property while dying” or “Hi, I am XYZ and I want to be your friend.“, these types of emails or messages are scams in almost every case. (Some people can be truly lucky to get something like that in real.) So, just don’t do what they say and use the above Guidelines to protect yourself.