Since the start of the corona pandemic, there has been a massive increase in cases of phishing attacks. Therefore, it becomes even more important for us to understand the methods of detecting phishing emails/messages. Phishing incidents in India have more than doubled in 2021. As per the data, the total number of phishing incidents has increased from 280 in 2020 to 523 in 2021. Aditya Narang, co-founder of SafeHouse Technology, explains how to avoid phishing links and emails. Let’s know.
To identify a phishing link or email, it is important to keep the following things in mind-
1. If you have received an email in which you are being threatened or it is said that you will be harmed, then you have to avoid such messages. These are usually phishing emails. Cybercriminals usually use this technique so that users can take immediate action after seeing the message. But you have to avoid such messages.
2. If you get any such message asking for login details, financial information or other personal details then you need to be alert. Hackers create fake login pages that do not look fake at all. With this login link send an email or a message which will take you to the fake page. So you need to be careful and alert. Do not enter any information by visiting any website unless you know that the website is genuine and legitimate.
3. Any URL should be looked at carefully and its credibility should be checked. Make sure the URL starts with “https://”. The “s” in the web address indicates that the webpage is secured with the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) cryptographic protocol. If a website does not have any of these, then this site is not secure. Hackers use them. Additionally, another method is to look at the spelling of a web address. Hackers try to make them look quite similar but the effort is not successful.
4. Another way to identify a phishing is by catching its spelling mistake. Phishing websites usually have poor sentence formation and language. The professional language used by the original company is different and that of the hackers. Similarly, poorly designed websites should also be thoroughly checked in terms of layout, font, color and low-resolution images.
5. Be wary of emails that claim any sort of reward by clicking on a link or opening an attachment. It could be a phishing email.