Phishing attacks are on the rise. Cyber criminals often come up with new ways to trick people into sharing their crucial information such as numbers, bank account details and even passwords. People who aren’t tech-savvy are targeted by cybercriminals. They fall prey to messages, links and even emails that look believable and end up sharing their personal details. So it is very important to keep your ears and eyes open when you are dealing with stuff online. One should be more vigilant if one is not sure about something on the internet.
Ever since the pandemic struck, the cases of phishing attacks have doubled. That happened because a lot of people lost their jobs and turned to unfair practices to make some money. So it is better to stay safe than sorry.
Here are some ways to safeguard yourself from phishing links, messages and emails.
Messages that sound alarming or require immediate action
So if you get messages that ask you to take immediate action, you should clearly avoid them. “Messages/emails that are intimidating in nature, threatening a loss of opportunity, or a negative outcome of ignoring immediate action. These are generally phishing emails,” Aditya Narang, Co-founder, SafeHouse Technologies said in a statement.
For instance, if you get a message asking you to submit your KYC details else you will lose access to your bank account, you should first cross check with the bank. Your bank will never send you such alarming messages. In case of any emergency, you will always get a call from the bank.
Messages or emails asking you to submit login and payment details
You should always cross check with legitimate sources if you get a message or an email requesting login details, financial information, or other sensitive data. Cyber criminals usually send messages that seem very believable. People tend to believe that the messages are from a legitimate source and end up sharing their details.
Always check the language of the message
Most hackers send messages that are grammatically incorrect and are not formatted correctly. Always check the language and if you think the message is not from a verified source, it is best to not indulge with it any further. “The phishing websites will generally have a poor sentence structure and poor language that might not sound like the professional language used by a genuine company. Likewise, websites that also have poor design in terms of layout, font, colours, and low-resolution images should be labelled as suspicious. To be sure, you can visit the official website and take note of the differences,” Narang said.
Be cautious of unrealistic hampers and rewards
If a message claims to offer you unrealistic rewards by clicking on a link or opening an attachment, it is most likely a phishing email.