Hackers have been getting even more sophisticated by the minute, when it comes to finding new ways to trick Internet users. Ransomware and identity theft have both been on the rise, depicting just how well-prepared hackers are towards accessing sensitive data.
Using phishing emails, they manage to trick people into accessing suspicious websites and getting infected by malware. An alternative approach is to make them reveal information about themselves that they wouldn’t have revealed otherwise (by thinking that they visit legit websites and inserting their info without knowing what they are doing).
In order to protect yourself against phishing emails, here is what you need to do:
- Do not open emails that come from unknown sources. It is essential that you do not click on anything, unless you are aware of the sender and you are expecting the email.
- Do not feel safe, simply because spam filters are on. They typically help only with the basics and they do not dig deeper, which means that phishing emails can make it to your inbox.
- Look for signs that indicate fraud. For instance, if you read through the email and find spelling and grammar mistakes, it generally means that you should stay away. If a bank informs you that you need to enter your banking account details and does not even spell your surname right, do the Maths!
- If you open an email and read about an advertisement of a product, sometimes you get interested in learning more. Rather than clicking on the email, why don’t you search it online? In this way, you will know if it is worth checking it out – perhaps it is not even real!
- If something feels wrong, do not risk anything. It is better to feel safe than sorry and therefore you should not overthink it. Does something smell funny? Don’t take any chances!
Phishing emails are used by hackers nowadays to penetrate systems that would otherwise hold and remain safe. It is crucial that we learn how to deal with these problems, so as to avoid any negative consequences. The web is a wonderful place and we just need to maintain our privacy and anonymity.
We have explained how we can do that, against phishing emails. Do not be alarmed, but do not stay idle either! Your communication is very important and this is why emails are an irreplaceable part of this process, but protection should always be of the highest priority!