How to avoid Phishing

April 6, 2010, by | Start Discussion

Phishing is used to gain access to personal and financial information.
Your browser may not support display of this image. Be aware when submitting personal or financial information on Web sites

Before submitting financial information through a Web site, as shown in the above image look for the "padlock" icon on your browser's status bar. This indicates that your information is secure during transactions. To ensure that you are on a secure Web server, check the beginning of the Web address in your browser's address bar. It should read https://, rather than just http:// so hence look carefully at your URLs and see to it that you type in your mostly used URLs and not follow a URL.

Recognize it

Be alert for scam e-mails. If you get an e-mail that warns you that an account of yours will be disabled unless you reconfirm your information, do not reply or click on the link in the e-mail. Phishers typically include upsetting or exciting (but fake) statements in their e-mails to make people react immediately. These e-mails are typically NOT personalized, while valid messages from your bank or e-commerce company generally are. Internet users need to resist clicking on the link immediately. No matter how upsetting or exciting the statements in the e-mail may be there is always enough time to check out the information more closely.

Internet users should have a closer look at the claims made in the e-mail. They must think whether the claim made in the email makes sense and should be highly suspicious if the e-mail asks for their personal information such as username, passwords or account numbers.

For example:

If the e-mail specifies that it comes from a bank or other financial institution where you have a bank or credit-card account and it says that you have to enter your account information again, that does not make any sense. Legitimate banks and financial institution already have their customers account number in their database. So don’t land yourself in trouble by clicking on these links. So “Think Before you Link”

Below is an example of what a ‘phishing’ email looks like


Browse wisely

Make sure that you are using the latest browsers like internet explorer 8 or Mozilla 3.6 as the web browser includes some built -in protection against known phishing websites. They compare visited sites with the database of discovered phishing websites. The below image is the example of Firefox blocking a PayPal Phishing website.

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