Phishing is a specific form of spoofing which provides a link to a fake website which looks legitimate and where user is requested to provide sensitive information such as login credentials.
Once this is done, the cybercriminals can gain access to the victim’s computer and information or online services.
To minimise the possibility of being a victim of such techniques:
- Use a spam filter which will block the majority of unsolicited emails from ever making it to your inbox;
- Always verify the email address of the sender – not just the sender’s name;
- If you receive an email from a person you know but the content of the email seems suspicious, do not reply. Contact that person separately;
- Do not open any attachments from senders you don’t know or are not expecting;
- Do not click any links before verifying where the link will take you;
- Never provide sensitive information on a website unless you are sure that the website is a legitimate one and has legitimate reasons to ask for such information;
- Train your staff in how to recognise common impersonation tactics.
- Make sure you are not redirected – i.e. you are unknowingly taken to a different website which has an identical design to the one you are expecting;
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