How phishing can be carried out without emails? What are the signs to look out for?by vishal tripathi Digital Markiting Expart
First of all let’s understand, what phishing is. It is an incursion which has a sole objective of getting private information from the digital devices. The prime method of this is by sending out fraud emails and tricking the user by giving you the information.
However, email is not the only way. Here is a list of signs that will tell if someone is stealing from you and without using emails,
1. Smishing and Vishing
Internet protection software developers and researchers have found that fraud SMS (smishing) and calls (vishing) are two other mediums where the attacker can ambush a person into giving away the crucial details.
It is one of the oldest technique to fool the customer by saying a few technical terms and depicting a threatening scenario. Mostly, the users give into such cheap tricks in order to be safe but actually get robbed.
2. “You are the winner”
It is yet another very enticing deception. Using the human greed against them. The message usually displays something exclusive like “you have won so and so money” or phone, trip, cash prize or anything that they are assured to get clicked.
Giving into the surprise of winning, many people give away their bank details so easily or make a huge payment in the fraudulent name. It is advised to not get conned into this or open such email until you have participated in a contest.
If the phishing is through an online medium then most of the times, you will be asked to visit a specific URL. Studies by the computer security software developers suggest that these URLs are generally very long because the attacks hide behind a fake identity that appears to be authenticated.
Users are advised to make a list of emails and URLs of the companies they do business with and perhaps in order to prevent the intrusion one can always check the web address on search engines and compare
4.Download application or software is a hoax
Many of the excelled technicians have the capability to create amazing interface and UI to make the application look genuine and surpass the authenticity test of the android and apple store. This results in the availability of malicious games and applications with a couple of great reviews hanging in the display.
These reviews are enough to blindside a person into download the software and giving away the emails ids and other information in the process. In such cases, you can always work your way and search about the application, do the thorough study before downloading it.
5.Pop-ups with warning signs
This one is an ultimate way of getting the user to click and browse through the website while a cracker will dive his way into the hush-hush details. Such messages always come with a display like a phone has caught the virus, or system has been infected. They even share a link to an anti-virus or an anti-malware software that can protect your pc or mobile but in reality, this software is stuffed with the bulk of malevolent scripts.
Experts advise to skip such signs and run the system through a scan in order to remove any malware that might have entered.
6.Social media account are weapons
Social media is also no longer safe. Attackers forge the identities of the people you know in order to build trust and gain private information. Sometimes they even conduct a survey or ask questionnaire and in order to do so, you will be redirected to a malicious site that will automatically download the malware in the system.
You must always remain cautious in such cases to protect yourself and report any unusual activity that may come into your notice.
Created on Oct 1st 2018 03:28. Viewed 63 times.
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