Did you receive an email that appears to be from your bank asking you to click on a link? You are the victim of a phishing attack: just one example among many online scams that have become more sophisticated over the years, making them more difficult, but not impossible, to detect.
phishing (phishing in English) is a fraudulent technique aimed at deceiving an Internet user to Encourage him to communicate data. If attack techniques are constantly changing, these following tips* should help you protect yourself from them.
#1 // Do not click on unwanted links
This tip is the first – and not the least – It seems to make sense, and yet it escapes our vigilance in the face of some panic scenarios that rapists know how to create… Do you get a power outage notification? Don’t panic and remember that you should not click on any links or attachments that come up that require you to fill in your ID. As a precaution, before clicking on a link, check that it is secure. To do this, hover your mouse over the link to see if the URL looks “cool”. It is better to use the URL checker to make sure that it is safe to click on the URL. If in doubt, contact the organization directly if possible to confirm the message or call you received.
#2 // Enhance the security of your accounts
If hacking becomes a major security issue for businesses, make sure your accounts are equipped with a Managed Access (MFA) system: Rather than just a username and password, MFA requires one or more additional verification factors, which reduces the likelihood of a successful cyberattack.
#3 // Back up regularly
Many phishing attacks can infect your device with malware. Certain types of malware, such as ransomware, can prevent you from accessing your files. Therefore, it is advisable to anticipate and keep your personal data in a safe place. For example, you can store your information in a password manager, which provides a file storage function: KeePass digital lockers securely “store” your various passwords.
#4 // Stay informed!
One of the main ways to protect yourself from phishing attacks is to know what they are and stay up to date with the latest phishing scams. For example, there are so-called profitable periods for hackers such as tax returns, where they often pretend to be the public treasury. Being vigilant against the latest phishing scams can make all the difference in keeping you and your information safe.
#5 // Finally remember to report the scam!
It’s still best to protect ourselves when we collectively condemn these scams so we can catch them ASAP. If you receive a questionable message without responding to it, report it to Signal Spam (Signal-spam.fr). You can also report the phishing website address to the Phishing-initiative.fr which will close access to it. For advice in the event of phishing, contact INFO ESCROQUERIES on 0805805817 (toll free).
* Thanks to Keeper Security, our encryption and cybersecurity platform