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Published by: 19:00, 17 April 2020

Phishing. Phishing protection and data security

Your parents must have taught you, "Don't talk to strangers.". His gifts may look super tasty, but he may be a weirdo / criminal. He may also want to cause you serious harm, in addition to diabetes. Your parents care about your safety and this was important advice. 

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Today we'll talk about security, phishing protection, and what phishing is.

For adults today, safety is also vital. In fact, we're going to teach you something similar, with just one small amendment:

Don't open strange emails. Criminals can send you dangerous links that look completely innocent. They may want to hurt you. Be careful!

To prevent a hacker from stealing your money, confidential information and development prospects, you must adhere to some basic rules. One of the most common methods used by a hacker is

Phishing

In 2016, 76% of all businesses fell victim to phishing hackers, and of course this affected their efficiency and profits. An even more disturbing aspect of this method is that you may not even notice how you have given full access to your financial data to the hacker. Unfortunately, this indicator has increased in 2020.

What is phishing

This could be an email with a simple link that you need to follow to "verify your address" for the bank. In fact, after clicking on the link, hackers have full access to everything they need. 

If you look at a real website and a fake website created by hackers, you won't be able to find any difference, but it is also a colossal danger.

The cybersecurity threat should motivate business owners to protect their companies in every possible way, and if you are looking for ways to prevent phishing, we have something special for you.

Considering the rapid growth of the IT sector and the growing number of phishing attacks against members of the crypto community and investors in general, the Hacken team decided to provide 8 fundamental tips to help you avoid being scammed.

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Phishing and ... What is the second most dangerous attack on your project?? check this!

  1. Who is the sender?

If you get any link to an external website using social networks, email and any other messenger, you should immediately determine whether the source of the reference is reliable. If the link was sent from your friend's account, you can even ask what this link.

If the sender of the message is a stranger, there is always a higher risk to be deceived.

 Thus, you must make sure that you will not find anything risky by opening it. In this case, even your friends should understand the fact that phishing protection is for you the main priority.

  1. They know you?

One of the main ways to determine that the letter you received from an unknown is suspicious - it is to see how the greeting is formulated in the letter. 

For example, if you see "Dear Customer" instead of your first or last name, then this is a serious reason for being suspicious of email. In most cases, serious legal entities like banks know your name and your account details.

This way they don't need to call you "Client" or "Member". What's more, it reduces response rates and conversions, which is why legitimate organizations send personalized and customer-focused messages.

  1. Pay attention to the call to action in the letter

If you open the letter and see a disturbing statement like "Your bank account has been blocked, please follow the link to recover it as soon as possible.", or "Special offer from Hacken.io, join our NEW Telegram Chat now to get HKN and 30% BONUS " in fact, it is one of the most proven ways to get you to do things impulsively.

People react emotionally when they are in financial turmoil. They want to deal with it immediately, and this may cause them to act unreasonably. In the case of such an email, it may be advisable to call your bank or contact the project community manager to make sure the situation is not fake. Phishing can be prevented.

  1. Make sure there are no errors

Emails from well-known companies, banks or government agencies are never in error. They are appropriately designed and branded. For example, look at this Haken's mail. Despite the branding and lack of errors, it was sent from the official address of our support team.

So, if you notice any errors or design issues, you can rest assured that the email should be blocked. Your anti-phishing measures can never be too strict when you are in business.

If you are a business owner, you can be targeted by hackers who collect information about your accounts, customers and financial affairs. Thus, all actions aimed at protecting your business from phishing, with the exception of nuclear weapons, are more than justified.

  1. Take note of the domain and check if it is genuine

Phishing website urls look like the real deal and it might be difficult to zero out the difference, especially if you're not a professional link builder. At the same time, it is possible to identify signs of fake sites by reference, even if you know almost nothing about it.

To begin with, the link can contain unknown words, symbols and signs. If you see a familiar website name, such as PayPal, but the domain name after it's not real, the website might be set up to steal money from you. In this case, you do not need to enter either a username or a password, but simply delete it immediately.

  1. Green address bar

The next thing you can do to make sure the site is not fake is to check the site's url bar.

Green means that an Extended Validation (EV) certificate is being used and the website has proven its credibility and legitimacy.

  1. Trust your browser!

There are browsers that can detect phishing attacks and alert users to the problem. For example, Mozilla Firefox can help you protect against dangerous links by displaying appropriate notifications at the right time.

  1. Report phishing attempts or fake websites

If you are working with a regular internet user who received a phishing email asking you to visit a fake website, you should follow these steps.

First, you should contact the support team of the company that provides email services (e.g. Google for Gmail users, Microsoft for Outlook users, etc.). d.) to report the criminal's attempts.

Second, you must inform the real website administrator / brand management that a fake copy of their website exists so they can eliminate it.

If you are the owner of an IT company, you should contact anti-phishing companies to protect your business, your investors and their funds.

If you once forgot to check the URL or accidentally entered an incorrect login, this can lead to large financial losses. In turn, the services of qualified hackers who will check your system and protect you from phishing hazard, cheaper than any possible financial losses from phishing.

Therefore, please be careful and follow the instructions in the above to avoid phishing.

Even if you are careful and attentive, the means and methods of hackers in the black hat are becoming more sophisticated. So you can miss something important. Pay special attention to your safety!

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