Cyber Attack

How to Prevent Phishing Attack?

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We are living in an internet era where the technology is emerging with its trends day by day. Convenience, reach, cost, personalization, social are some of the benefits which we enjoy via internet. But what about security! Nowadays, there are many people who are becoming victims of internet frauds. One such internet fraud is ‘Phishing’. Have you ever noticed a mail in your mailbox that want you to click a specific link and want to enter all your personal details like bank account no, your passwords, and credit card numbers? If so, then you might have come across phishing attack.

Phishing, an example of social engineering techniques is carried out by email spoofing and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose looks are almost identical to the authorized one. Link manipulation, filter evasion, website forgery, and phone phishing are the four types of phishing techniques.

However, user can identify the phishing scam by some signs. For e.g., such type of mails include the urgent language like 'you must click the link below', or the greetings or want your personal information to enter. So it is very important to get rid off such type of phishing attacks so that no one can trap our personal valuable information.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR PHISHING ATTACK:

  • Don't give your personal information to anyone: The first and most important point to avoid phishing is not to give your valuable personal information top anyone who requests for it.
  • Make sure of using secure web server: While availing online services, please make sure that you are using secure website which includes “https://” in its web address. Don't give your sensitive information   on websites which includes “http://” in their respective URL.
  • Be suspicious while answering emails: These days there are not any bank or financial institutions which requests for your personal information via email. If you found any email in your mailbox requesting for your important personal information then it is definitely a phishing attack.
  • Use of Phishing filter: Make use of fishing filter in your browser to avoid phishing scams.
  •   Use up to date browser and OS: Always use up to date computer's antivirus, spyware, browser, and Windows security patches.
  • Make use of updated antivirus and firewall: It is often found that some phishing attempts install malicious software named as keyloggers on your computer system. So it is very important to update your antivirus and firewall software time to time to avoid such unwanted scams.

Also, one important point which you need considering is to keep check on your bank accounts statements regularly to avoid unknown transactions.

Why use a firewall (and keep it updated)?

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A firewall is protective barrier between you and the rest of the computers you are connected to. When you go on to the internet you are visible to the outside world. (If you weren't, then there would be no way to get a web page to your browser!) You are visible through something called a port. A port is service available to you. There are many thousands of these ports (services), and each is given a number. The three ports (services) you use most often are the world wide web (port 80), Incoming email (typically port 110), and outgoing email (usually port 25). The idea of a firewall is to close off the ports (services) you're not using. If you don't, then your open ports are an invitation to others to raid your computer! If you only have one piece of security software on your computer then it has to be a firewall. Unless your computer is not connected to the outside world, this is a must-have. For the general user, you can place firewalls into two simple categories: hardware and software. A hardware firewall can be a router that sits between your computer and the outside world. You can plug more computers into the router, and each will be protected by the firewall that's part of the router.

A software firewall is one like ZoneAlarm. You install it on your PC, and it will hide open ports, deflect incoming attacks, and warn you about suspicious outgoing traffic. For added protection, you can have a software firewall on each computer that sits behind the router. An attacker would have to be very determined to get through your router's firewall and your software firewall!

If you have something like a wireless router then you'll probably already have a firewall. You should check your router's configuration pages to make sure it's turned on. (Some of them are actually turned OFF by default!) Once your router's firewall is turned on, you can install a software firewall on each PC that's connected to the router, just for added protection.

If you're not behind a router, then you need a software firewall. If you have Internet Security software like Kaspersky then it will probably include a firewall as well. You should check, though. If you haven't got any Internet Security software then we highly recommend the free version of ZoneAlarm. This piece of software has been available from ZoneLabs for some time, and has a very good reputation.

Check out this link.  You will see firsthand the current attacks on the US and where they are coming from.  http://map.ipviking.com

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