How to protect yourself against phishing attacks

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According to stats provided by Kaspersky Lab, nearly 155 million phishing attacks were detected. Out of this number, almost half were  financial phishing websites, especially created to steal personal information from users such as banking or credit card information, social security number, access data and passwords for online banking services.

Banking phishing is the leader out of all financial phishing attacks. One out of four phishing attacks used false online banking information or other types of content.

Criminals who distribute financial phishing attacks prefer to use information from top multinational banks, popular payment systems, online stores and auction websites from the United States, China and Brazil. The list of brands used by attackers is the same every year because these services remain just as popular it’ easy to guess why they are preferred by online criminals.

“Financial phishing attacks were always easy for criminals to steal money. You don’t need to be a talented computer programmer and you don’t have to invest a lot of money in infrastructure. Some phishing attacks are easy to recognize and avoided but judging by what we see in our stats many people are still not very careful when they are using their banking data online” Kaspersky says.

To protect yourself against phishing attacks you need to take the following measures:

  • when you pay online always check the legitimacy of the website. The connection should be HTTPS protected and the domain must belong to the company you want to make the payment to.
  • always check the authenticity of the emails you receive from famous brands even if you are urged to do something urgent such as changing yur password. Make sure that the email comes from the legitimate source. Contact your bank or your bank representative to find out if the email is real
  • Don’t click on email links if you’re not sure about their legitimacy
  • use a recognized security solution that includes anti-phishing technologies based on behavior detection. This makes it possible to identify even the most recent phishing attacks.

Were you ever the victim of phishing ?

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