Phishing is a cyber-attack, where attackers try to trick users into giving away confidential information by sending a fraudulent email appearing to be from a legitimate source or by impersonating a known person.
Almost everyone who use an email service has received a phishing email. Some call it spam. When emails having subject lines ‘you won a lottery’, ‘claim your free passes’, or ‘A 300$ gift card is waiting for you’ appear in your inbox, you move these to the spam folder because somehow you understand from the subject itself that these are not genuine. But that will not be the case always.
Sometimes Phishing emails are very well composed with catchy subject lines, they are realistic and the mail body is carefully crafted to make it appear genuine and from a legitimate source.
The human tendency of getting easily persuaded is exploited in a phishing attack. Without verifying whether the email really originates from the source as it states, users trust the email and does as it says.
Did you know?
- Phishing attacks costs an Average Company Up to $3.7 Million per Year
- A security researcher found that hackers used phishing emails to penetrate Sony Picture Entertainment’s computer, which led to financial loss of approximately $15m. We all know the Sony Picture Entertainments hack, don’t we?
Don’t take the bait – Awareness is your best defense!
To protect yourself from getting phished, it is important that you recognize the email that has been sent to trick you. Look for the following points:
- Opportunities – Most of the times phishing emails will be offering some kind of opportunity to you like job opportunities, bogus business opportunities, travelling offers, investments, and free goods and services.
- Emails pretending to be from banks asking you to give away credentials for verification purposes. Always remember that Banks / Financial Institutions will never ask for credentials on telephones or via emails.
- Don’t click on the URL mentioned in the email. This link may redirect you to a fake website asking for your personal information. If given, it could be misused by attackers. Such mistakes can even make you bankrupt!
- Don’t download email attachments from unknown sources. The attachment could be a malware. Malwares can give attackers remote access to your system.
- Don’t give away your credentials via emails, or telephones.