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Kiran Sethumadhavan
Kiran Sethumadhavan

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How to Protect Yourself Against Phishing Pages ?

phishing is an equal opportunity threat, capable of showing up on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Most Internet browsers have ways to check if a link is safe, but the first line of defence against phishing is your judgement.

Train yourself to recognize the signs of phishing and try to practice safe computing whenever you check your email, read Facebook posts, or play your favourite online game.

Once again, here are a few of the most important practices to keep you safe:

• Don't open e-mails from senders you are not familiar with.

• Don't ever click on a link inside of an e-mail unless you know exactly where it is going.

• To layer that protection, if you get an e-mail from a source you are unsure of, navigate to the provided link manually by entering the legitimate website address into your browser.

• Lookout for the digital certificate of a website.

• If you are asked to provide sensitive information, check that the URL of the page starts with “HTTPS” instead of just “HTTP.” The “S” stands for “secure.”It's not a guarantee that a site is legitimate, but most legitimate sites use HTTPS because it's more secure. HTTP sites, even legitimate ones, are vulnerable to hackers.

• If you suspect an e-mail isn't legitimate, take a name or some text from the message and put it into a search engine to see if any known phishing attacks exist using the same methods.

• Mouse over the link to see if it's a legitimate link.

As always, we recommend using some sort of anti-malware security software. Most cybersecurity tools can detect when a link or an attachment isn't what it seems, so even if you fall for a clever phishing attempt, you won't end up sharing your info with the wrong people.

All Malwarebytes premium security products provide robust protection against phishing. They can detect fraudulent sites and stop you from opening them, even if you're convinced they're legitimate. You can even try Malwarebytes free before you buy.

So stay vigilant, take precautions, and look out for anything phishy.

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