Common Phishing Attacks & Prevention Tips

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Phishing is not going anywhere in 2020, that’s something we can all agree on.

Let’s see some of the common phishing attacks that are launched almost everyday and how we can prevent them.

Some of the most common phishing attacks

Pharming

This phishing technique depends more on technical manipulation than psychological manipulation. In this, the guy behind the attack would change the IP behind a DNS name to redirect you to a malicious website of his choice.

(DNS is a naming system for website, it translates IP addresses of websites to names, so a specific IP would translate to google.com)

How to prevent?

  • Look for the https in the URL, don’t trust sites that don’t have it.
  • Always look for suspicious re-directions
  • Use a good antivirus & a VPN as they come with malicious site detectors to protect you.

Vishing

This is the most old school technique where the person behind the attack calls you and pretends to be someone else to extract important data from you. For e.g it can be someone pretending to be from a law enforcing agency asking about your whereabouts or your financial information.

This is one of the most common phishing attacks that happen almost everyday.

How to prevent?

  • Avoid calls from unknown numbers. If someone calls you from an unknown number, always verify their identity, record the call and never overshare.
  • Don’t trust people easily.

Phishing may seem something very easy to identify, but in 2020 it’s going to be very different. So you have to be on the lookout if you don’t want to be a victim because if you take it for granted, you can be on the losing side.

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Student at Harding University | Cyber Security Editor

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