Protection from Phishing

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Most of us are familiar with the word Phishing. But for those who are new to this term, I am going to explain this concept.

Phishing

Phishing is a technique that is used by malicious hackers to acquire sensitive information like passwords, bank ID’s and some very important login details of various accounts. This word sounds like the word “fishing” and is quite similar to the technique of fishing as in fishing where fisherman hooks a bait
pretending to be a real food so that he can fool fishes and as soon as the fish comes for the bait, it gets hooked and gets caught.

Same is the case with phishing that is used over the Internet by users to trap people through fake login pages that are designed by them or are available online. The attackers creates a fake or duplicate page of a genuine website like any social site or any bank account page and then he will set the trap by sending a mail to the prey(user) and waits for the user to fall in that trap.

As soon as the user enters his/her details, they are caught, i.e the login details are sent to the attacker including sensitive information. It can be an account in a social networking site, bank account details, etc.

 

protection from phishing

 

Phishing technique is basically done through email spoofing (means sending anonymous mail) and also through instant messaging. Phishing requires social engineering skills i.e how you can pretend to be a genuine person to the user whom you want to attack. This technique has caused a lot of problem for users who are easily trapped in these types of phishing attacks. It has caused real damages to users.

After all problems caused by phishing attacks, along came the concept of anti-phishing, i.e how you can protect yourself from getting caught in these types of attacks. These are some simple techniques that you can easily remember and save yourself from getting attacked by the malicious users.

 

Protection from Phishing

 

1. Social Awareness

 

One of the important technique is to create social awareness among the people about these types of phishing styles so that users browsing the Internet can know about these types of attacks that are being carried out by phishers and thus, they will become more cautious while browsing. This is quite necessary because most of the users do not even know about these types of attacks and thus, they can easily fall into the traps set by malicious users.

2. Technical awareness

Technical awareness includes the ability to identify between fake website pages from legit websites. If you are smart enough, then you can easily differentiate between a legit and a fake website. The user can easily pick up the fake website page from the url itself as most urls that are used for phishing are different from the original url of a website. If you can recognize the legit page url, then you will be easily able to differentiate between fake and legit pages.

But these days, attackers have developed some new techniques through which they make the url so much complicated that it’s quite difficult to differentiate between the fake and legit site. But nowadays, many browsers like Internet Explorer has developed a new technique in which the domain name is highlighted with black color and all other details with light brown color so that the user will be easily able to look into the domain name of the page and identify the page.

3. E-mail authentication


This is quite an important technique if you want to save yourself from phishing. Most of the phishing technique rely on email systems, i.eย  the attacker will send you an email pretending to be a genuine company or a site administrator which will contain a link that will redirect you to a page that would look legit to you. Now, how will you come to know whether the email is secure or if it’s fake. Some companies or websites have special notations or signs that are not available to phishers and thus, if you feel any difference in the email language, then do not trust the email. There is always a contact information given in the email and you can use it to authenticate the email or to differentiate whether it’s legit or not.

Now most of you might be thinking that fake email’s are automatically sent into the spam folder in your mail system but this is not true. Today, users have developed so many new techniques that even the best email system will not be able to differentiate between spam and regular email. So do not get fooled by the idea that fake email’s are sent to the spam folder. I am telling this you from my own personal experience and it’s 100% true.

If you follow these technique on protection from phishing, then there is no chance of you falling in such traps.

 

About Steve Robbins:
Steve Robbins is a self professed geek loves all Tech. He was the former chief writer and editor for TechBugs.

Steve Robbins is a self professed geek loves all Tech. He was the former chief writer and editor for TechBugs.

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23 Responses to Protection from Phishing

  1. Aman Arora says:

    Nice article bro, very informative. Phishing attacks are indeed increased alot these day. This is surely gonna protect everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Abhishek says:

    Thanks buddy for the appreciation ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. ashish says:

    This is really helpful bro.Very nicely explained.

  4. chander says:

    Nice article bro..it really helpful…

  5. mannat says:

    Very nicely explained,Phishing has caused a lot of problems and this will help people those who are unaware about these phishing attacks

  6. ankit says:

    nice article buddy.I have been one of the recipients of these attacks ๐Ÿ™

  7. ankit says:

    Yeah buddy you are right,Since then i have been more cautious and i keep checking about these types of articles.Thanks Abhishek for this article.

  8. Saumil says:

    Nice article, you wrote it very well ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. antodoms says:

    @ABHISHEK DOBHAL…… Nice article yaar….. you just wrote the converse of what I wrote…lol… ๐Ÿ˜€ keep posting ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Rakesh Kumar says:

    I have heard lot of about phishing attack on web and to security i have installed some security apps in my PC.

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