How to defend your online account from phishing

How to defend your online account from phishing

One of the main concerns of those who own an online account is to protect themselves from any scams coming from the web, one of the most frequent of which is called “phishing“, a type of fraud that leads users to disclose personal and/or financial information and sensitive data such as credit card numbers, passwords, etc. and which takes the form of misleading e-mail messages and more often also of messages coming from very popular applications such as WhatsApp or Facebook.

But how do you defend your email account, your data, your digital accounts from this type of this very common scam? Here are some simple tips to avoid unpleasant surprises, especially for your own online account.

Check the sender of the email

It seems oversimple to say but the first thing to do is to carefully verify the identity of the sender. You have to look into the message details for the source address and control its reliability. This is only the first step, because hackers can easily disguise their email address through spoofing, a situation in which a person or program successfully masquerades as another by falsifying data.

Set appropriate passwords

This advice is as commonplace but nonetheless necessary: ​often ​change your password. It is a fundamental step to protect your personal data.

Check the attachments

Never download email attachments before making sure that the origin is secure. Even simple .pdf or .doc files might be a vehicle of malwares or other executable files that can install viruses or backdoors on your devices.

Do not click on unknown links

Never click on email or direct messages links that seem to come from any service on which we might have opened user profiles or that promise special offers in response to a request for personal data.

Check the url thoroughly

Phishing emails often invite you to click on malicious links that lead to trap sites. These links imitate the form of other authoritative links, but diverge by slight anomalies, such as a different domain extension or a letter too much in the name. Pay close attention to the details.

Be careful on your social networks

Phishing often goes through social networks: never click or share links or content whose origin is unknown.

If you own an online account and you want to know more about your savings’ safety, contact our experts.