Phishing – What is it?

Have you ever received an e-mail, SMS or any other type of electronic message that was allegedly from a bank or another online service that requested you to provide login credentials, a credit card number or enter other sensitive information concerning your account?

You have? Then you already know what a regular phishing attack looks like. This technique is used to gather sensitive and confidential user data. These are then used or sold by attackers for illegal purposes, for example blackmailing or financial or identity theft.


Tip 1 – Stay up-to-date on the latest phishing techniques.

Follow all reports in the media on phishing attacks, as attackers may use new techniques to trick users.


Tip 2 – Never reveal your personal data.

Always stay on alert when you receive an e-mail message seemingly from trusted organisations asking for your login credentials or other confidential information. If necessary, contact the sender or the organisation responsible and check whether the content is genuine (by using real and verified contact information and not the information provided in the message).

Does the e-mail you received request you to act urgently?

Remain calm and contact the company separately via a known and secure method.

NOTE: The perpetrators may threaten you with a fine or tell you that you need to take urgent action otherwise your account from being deactivated.


Tip 3 – Think twice before you click on anything.

If a suspicious message contains a link or an attachment, don’t click or download it. This could lead you to a malicious website or infect your system with malware.

Be extra careful if the internet address is very long and contains a lot of irrelevant numbers and letters. In this case it’s likely that the link doesn’t lead to the website you were expecting, but instead to a dangerous website that was made to steal your personal data (credit card number, access codes) or install malware.

Be wary of shortened links, especially in social media and always hover your mouse cursor over internet links in e-mails, to make sure the link in the message really does lead you to where it’s supposed to.


Tip 4 – Login into your online accounts regularly and check your balance.

Even if you don’t think that someone is trying to steal your login data, you should still log in to your bank accounts and other online accounts to check them for suspicious activity. Just to stay on the safe side…

Extra tip: Make use of a reliable anti-phishing solution.

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