How to prevent data breaches and phishing scam practices?

How to prevent data breaches and phishing scam practices?

Phishing attacks are becoming more and more common these days. Now only industries, individuals are also facing data breaches and scam threats. Phishing can be defined as a fraudulent way for obtaining sensitive data like username, passwords, bank details, pin, etc. Cybercriminals use various techniques for phishing the user.

Common techniques for phishing:

Clone Phishing

Clone phishing is one of the most common types of phishing attacks. In this technique, the cybercriminal sends an email that will look entirely legitimate. In clone phishing, hackers send the email, which seems quite genuine. Due to this, the user gets confused and carries all the demanded details to the hacker.

Evil Twin

An evil twin is a similar technique to clone phishing. But in this method, the hacker use creates fake Wi-Fi access instead of an email account. If the targeted person uses that Wi-Fi; all the data he accessed with the Wi-Fi will be sent to the hacker. For example, Tony has created a fake hotspot. When Elle connects its device to Tony’s hotspot, all her data can be easily accessed by Tony.

Domain Spoofing

Whenever you search for something, you have seen many things that look similar to what you want, but they don’t. Similarly, in domain spoofing, the cybercriminal sends emails from a fake email address, which seems genuine. For example, Abby works in a bobdallas.com company. The hacker sends her email from bobdallas.co. If Abby didn’t check the address carefully, then she may get into a phishing attack.

Smishing

Smishing means SMS phishing, which is a common method for phishing. In the technique, a hacker sends SMS with a link to the targeted person. Most of the time, cyber criminals lurk the host by sending coupons such as get 50% discount on your favorite brand. When the person clicks on the link, a fill-form appears on the screen. If the person fills his details on the form, the hacker can access all his information.

Vishing

Vishing or voice phishing is a technique in which the attacker calls the target masking himself as a legitimate person and asks him about his details. Voice phishing is mostly used for stealing funds.

 Tips to prevent phishing attacks:

Improve awareness regarding cyber risks

Read about common threats that can harm you. You should also share the information with your family members, friends, etc. for keeping your circle secure.

Install security software

Security software provides secure browsing, email scanner, etc. tools that help to reduce phishing tricks. The email scanner of Norton Com Setup Product Key checks the sender’s email as well as the attached link; if it finds anything suspicious, then it instantly sends the email to the spam folder. A secure browsing tool and firewall restricts all malicious URLs to access your network.

Never share your personal information over the phone

If a person calls you (saying he is from your bank) and asks your details, never share your details. If he is a genuine person, then he must have all your details. A legitimate person never asks for your password.

Always buy from a genuine website

If you are getting any coupons from an unknown site, then never try to use it. Always buy things from the official website. These little-little steps help to keep a person secure from phishing scams.

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