Many a times we have heard instances of people logging into a fake website, carrying out their transactions over fraud system and thereby losing money and resources. Recently there had been a similar case when many Paypal users entered their credentials on a fraudulent website, resulting in malicious usage. It happened as they had gained access to a fake Paypal site via a link that was incorrect.
To talk of, financial institutions websites and e-commerce companies are most vulnerable to such frauds. However, these days, social networking sites are also being eyed by contemptuous people. These wrong websites which are lookalike of the real site and prompts the user to enter valuable information are phishing sites and aims to attack the user by recording the important content.
Let’s learn a few tricks that may save us from falling a prey to such cheating. First, never access important sites via a link. Make sure you type the correct web address yourself every time you have to log in such a website. Also, while making a Google search, do not randomly click the first link that shows up on top but inspect it well to correspond to the site you were looking for as it maybe a phishing address. You can also check for the secure http connection “https” instead of http for all websites involving financial affairs work on the secure session. When surfing on the website, pay attention to any inconsistencies or factual errors. If a thing does not seem to be in coherence with the original site you have visited, immediately leave it and report the link to the original website.
The users always have the option to use virtual keyboard that help prevents the keyloggers stroking attack where your input is recorded and stored for any harm. Type the password and provide other details using this virtual keypad.
There is also a website verification option that can be enabled. For instance, there’s a “sign-in-seal” option with text and images on Yahoo mail. The user can make a secret image and create a text that verifies the authentication of the site every time he has to visit it. To take one step further, enable login notifications as in Facebook. Here, the user has to key in the name of the device where the account is being accessed and an email or text message is sent to the user for confirmation. Thus, if any malicious person tries to hack into your account, you will be notified of the illegal activity.
Now, as the technology surrounding us is reaching heights, the crimes and frauds associated with it are also gaining momentum. The need of the hour is to act smart and prevent yourself from being a victim.