What is phishing and how to prevent it?
Phishing is a fraudulent activity in which criminals try to obtain sensitive information by deceiving people. The most important information that criminals use to gain access to phishing is passwords, credit card information, bank account details, and so on.
Phishing is usually done by forging a website (in terms of appearance and similarity of the site address), email (sending a deceptive email) or texting and calling.
It is no exaggeration to say that in almost 99% of cases, the main culprit of phishing is the user himself, because with a little more thought and attention it can be prevented. Always check carefully the messages, incoming calls or websites where you intend to enter your sensitive information. Do not let a tempting offer or a sense of danger take over your logic.
On any website that needed to enter sensitive information, check the website address carefully and pay attention to all its characters. Do not enter links that start with HTTP and be sure to check if it is HTTPS. Of course, keep in mind that being HTTPS does not guarantee that a link is safe. Also beware of short links as there may be a malicious link behind it.
Get the software you need only from official and reputable sources, and avoid installing suspicious software separately from unofficial sources such as social networks (such as Telegram channels and groups).
Updating your web browsers and installing antivirus software will greatly help you in your fight against phishing. Popular web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Opera are constantly updating their anti-phishing algorithms in their new versions. Antiviruses are also very useful in fighting phishing malware.