What is phishing attack?
Phishing emails, websites and phone calls are designed to steal money. It can be also be done by installing malicious software. Cybercriminals asks you to install malware under pretext of useful software.
How to stop phishing attack?
Spelling & Grammar – Cybercriminals are not that good at spellings and grammar. Professional organizations have dedicated writers for drafting emails. So, the possibility of error in the phishing write up is more.
Fake Alerts – You may get the update from the company you know. Please check for the authenticity of the email and then take any action.
Website Links – Do not click the links from the email. They may also include direct download .exe file which installs malicious software on your computer.
Threats – One of the popular ways to steal the user is by threatening email which states that your account will get closed if you didn’t respond to the said email. Ignore such emails or mark them as spam.
Report Phishing Attack
Company Pretension – Verify the information with the official company helpdesk before taking action for the email, phone etc.
Phone Calls – Report to your local authorities if you receive any phishing phone call.
Emails – Report it to your email service provider like Google, Yahoo etc. if you receive phishing emails.
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