PHISHING

Phishing: a click makes the difference

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Have you ever heard of phishing? It is a type of cyberattack that is becoming more common. Cybercriminals use this technique to fraudulently defraud and obtain confidential information.

WHAT IS PHISHING?

Phishing consists of sending messages, either via email, SMS (named smishing), instant messaging or even social networks, in which cybercriminals mimic the identity of a known organisation to gain access to our most confidential information (passwords, bank details...) by encouraging you to click on a link that redirects you to a fake page.

Emails often include a link that leads the user to counterfeit websites. Once there, personal information is requested from the user and, believing the website is trustworthy, they provide it, falling into the hands of scammers (or phishers).

Phishing can also take place on web pages through advertising banners that encourage you to download an antivirus or any other program by filling in a form that requests personal data.

Phishing attacks are increasingly sophisticated and convincing and confuses users to compromise their own security. The worst thing about these cyber-attacks is that most of the time they infect your terminal — whether mobile or computer — without you noticing.

These cybercriminals use many excuses to capture our attention and redirect us to fraudulent websites that pretend to be legitimate: urgent updates, packages that you have not requested but need to collect as soon as possible, notices of a last payment, the bank asking you to change your password and so on...

But we can fight these cyberattacks. Monitoring a website or using a good antivirus are some of the most effective ways to win the battle against phishing. If you notice that a web page is fake — this happens when it doesn't start with https:// or doesn't have a closed padlock in the browser bar — our recommendation is to clear the browser's cache memory. This will allow you to remove any unwanted software.

HOW TO AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF THIS CYBER ATTACK?

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Discover how to detect and act against phishing

All users run the risk of being victims of phishing. However, any public address will be more susceptible to attack. The first step is to avoid replying to any mail requesting personal or financial information. However, distinguishing a phishing message from one that is not may not be an easy task. That's why we are giving you are a few tips to help you avoid being tricked:

  • Make sure the email address belongs to the sender.
  • Pay attention to the tone of the content. Be suspicious if it requires urgent action or sounds too good to be true.
  • Before clicking on a link from a website and giving your data check that the link is the real one.

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