Phishing attempts after sensitive information such as usernames and passwords aren’t going anywhere. Social engineering techniques and fake websites are compromising more businesses these days than technical flaws, exposing bank accounts and credit card numbers to criminals.
We just received this in our inbox and it redirects you to a criminals web page so you can provide them with your credentials. How do you tell?
How to detect phishing messages
Hover over the links in the message in question. You’ll likely fine a string of random or unrelated characters. VoIP Phone Systems will not send you a voicemail alert from https://custom-mini-blinds.org. Also be alert for similar but subtly different addresses. Microsoft.com might become microsooft.com or some similar permutation.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent exposing yourself to phishing security threats:
- Keep informed. New techniques are being used.
- Think! Give those random links and requests for passwords a second thought
- Phishing toolbars are available – We like Bitdefender Traffic Light
- Verify site security. Check for the lock icon and ‘https’ in the beginning for the URL
- Check accounts. If you don’t need an account, close it. If used infrequently, do check in on it occasionally.
- Keep your software updated. Criminals use software vulnerabilities to make their lives easier.
- Firewalls need to be kept up and enabled.
- Pop-ups are common vectors for phishing attacks, beware of popups.
- Personal information should be given to only reputable sources.
- Security software isn’t optional. Windows 10 includes adequate protection but other systems require additional software for virus protection.