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5 Ways to Stay Protected from Advanced Phishing Threats

Data thieves tend to build phishing websites and use them to copy personal information from unsuspecting internet users. These illegitimate sites run under HTTP domain names disguised as HTTPS protocol, so they easily confuse users who aren’t keen enough to note the missing “S”.

By Flora MayerPublished 4 years ago 3 min read
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line users care to look at the padlock icon that differentiates HTTPS protocol sites from the illegitimate sites. That means that there is an urgent need for users to be educated on the importance of HTTPS protocol in the fight against phishing attacks. That is not all. Users must also be encouraged to adopt safe online practices both on their computers and their smart devices.

Here are 5 ways that internet users can protect their personal information from advanced phishing threats.

1. Scan all employee devices using a mobile security software

If your employees bring their own devices to the workplace, then you need to ensure that each one of those devices is secure lest they throw the security of the entire corporate network into jeopardy. Note that the privately-owned devices could have phishing apps and pirated software installed in them. Also, employees working from remote locations could send data to the head office via unsecured connections or Wi-Fi networks that the company isn’t aware of.

To ensure that important data doesn’t leak through employee devices, you must install mobile security software on all BYOD devices. While at it, make a point of scanning the apps that a BYOD device has to weed out any installed phishing apps.

2. Buy a VPN

Remote employees who use their personal devices to send in data should be connected over VPN to keep phishing links at bay. You need to choose the right VPN services if you are to be completely in charge of your data security. A VPN service that comes with its in-built firewall security, for example, will block malicious software more solidly as compared to VPNs without the firewall feature. Note that hackers will sometimes use the HTTPS protocol to confuse weak data security systems, so you ought to make your security layers as hard to infiltrate as possible. The key here is to prevent hackers from accessing your network illegally and taking control of your data- at all costs.

3. Avoid shortened web links

Hackers post shortened phishing links on social media, which makes it extremely hard for users to differentiate legitimate links from the illegitimate ones. Link shortening services such as Bitly make all links look identical in the eyes of ordinary online users. Not unless you trust the source of a shortened link, therefore, try not to click on it as it could inadvertently lead you to a malicious, fake website. If you mistakenly enter your personal details in the fake site, data thieves will effortlessly steal that data and use it against you.

If you must click a shortened link, even for those coming from trusted sources, you should make a point of placing your mouse over the link to confirm that the link you see on the surface is the same link hyperlinked beneath the text. Also, avoid clicking on any links directly from the email and instead be copying and pasting it on a different window/tab. That makes it impossible for an attacker to read your emails in case he succeeds in infesting your device with malware.

4. Always browse securely

Secure websites are indicated by a security lock icon that appears on the top left-hand side of your browser. Also, the link is preceded by https:// in the browser’s address bar. If these two features are missing, it is advisable to leave that website ASAP and if you were supposed to enter or submit some sensitive data, please don’t. In the same vein, always avoid submitting sensitive information online using unsecured or public Wi-Fi. Information such as credit card details and healthcare information are extremely vulnerable and their security should come before convenience.

Browsing securely also means using a programming language that is resilient enough to fight off any phishing attempts.If you're using the Raspberry Pi 4 as a platform to design a Java application, installing Java ME on your Pi will allow you to effortlessly embed, test, and tweak the app’s security features. Java programming is one such language. It has a strong memory management system and an automated garbage collection system, minimizing the need for manual interventions that often leave data vulnerable. It is, therefore, important to hire java outsourcing services that can develop high-quality and fault-tolerant applications for your servers.

5. Train your staff

Most of your staff members aren’t information security professionals. The HR, shipping, sales, accounting, and other departments are filled with people who know nothing about data security. Therefore, you have to train these workers on how not to fall victim to data phishers.

Conclusion

Data phishers get wittier by the day, and so should you. Even if you aren’t as tech-savvy as data thieves could be, you must do everything in your power to make their job as hard as possible. Many private people and companies lose data to hackers due to their negligence and poor data security practices. The 5 tips above will help you to rise above the said negligence.

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Flora Mayer

Flora is a young and ambitious who has been researching self-development for the past two years and is now off traveling the world. She helps tourists with free walking tours in London - so get in touch with her if you want a special tour.

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