Le phishing is a daily scourge for Internet users. This anglicism means “phishing” and is characterized by the use of the image of a real company and its name. Phishing e-mails contain visuals that look like the company’s official website and play on an emergency effect in order to extract personal information from us such as a password or worse, a number. of bank card. Fortunately, there are tips and solutions to fight phishing effectively and sustainably. We will develop several of them in this article.
The majority of attacks from phishing use the image of banks but not only, they can also target your personal information by pretending to be Ebay, Facebook or Twitter.
A common indicator of phishing attempts is spelling. When you sift through hundreds of emails of this kind, you quickly notice a common point: the spelling is terrible.
What we should do on a daily basis
The best way to guard against phishing is to systematically ignore all emails asking for confidential information. If you have the slightest doubt, contact the company in question directly to find out for sure.
It is common for these emails to contain an attachment. Don’t open it! Especially if this one is a PDFA file Excel or a Word.
Check site security. From the moment you are asked for confidential information and more particularly banking information, you must absolutely check that the site address is secure. This can be identified by the beginning of the site address, which must begin with “https” and be preceded by a closed green padlock. You can click on this padlock to get more information and whether the connection is risky or not.
Use an anti-phishing solution
There are software solutions like Altospam who take the problem to the source by scanning your emails even before you receive them. Thanks to state-of-the-art techniques (recording DNS, automatic whitelist or Bayesian method) fraudulent emails are identified upstream. This exclusive technique has several beneficial effects: it lightens the use of bandwidth, it declutters mailboxes and above all it eliminates the vast majority of spam.
These solutions generally integrate easily and safely transparency. No installation is required, you just need to configure the DNS entries to authorize the solution to scan and sort your emails.
Take care of your email address
Spammers build email lists using basic combinations of names, words and numbers. It is therefore useful to have a private email address that is difficult to guess. Your private address should not be just your first and last name.
Never publish your private address in a resource accessible directly online.
If you are forced to display it on a web page, try to hide it to prevent spammers from automatically picking it up. For example, if your email is [email protected]write jean-point-dupont-arobaz-gmail-dot-com instead.
If your private email address is still found by spammers, do not hesitate to change it. Even if it is quite restrictive you must do it to avoid being the victim of a phishing attempt by email.
Article produced in collaboration with the Altospam teams.
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