Phishing email is an email scam which involves fraudulent email and websites to steal your sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers, account data, addresses, and more. In this article, we will discuss some important tips on what to do with phishing emails.
A Phishing emails or sites might ask for the following information:
- Usernames and passwords
- Social Security numbers
- Bank account numbers
- PINs (Personal Identification Numbers)
- Credit card numbers
- Your mother’s maiden name
- Your birthday etc
Tips on what to do with phishing emails
Phishing emails are appearing to you as legitimate, such as messages from your bank, office or another trusted website. Here are the some important tips on what to do with phishing emails if you find yourself a victim of an email scam.
1. Change your Passwords
When you clicked on the phishing email link or provided your personal information in response to a phishing email, then you should change your passwords immediately.
By clicking on that type phishing email you are compromise your email and all accounts, including bank accounts and PIN numbers.
So, create a strong, standard and new password to protect from cyber attack.
To creating a strong and standard password you should use combine letters, numbers, special characters (minimum 10 characters in total) and change them on a regular basis.
For example: K$iuT&89%; is a strong and standard password.
2. Contact Credit Card Companies
Contact your Credit Card Companies as soon as possible and let them know your account was potentially compromised by cyber attacker. So they can further protect your credit card.
3. Delete suspicious email
When you will receive suspicious or phishing e-mail message which may contains a virus or malware script to redirect you to a vulnerable website to steal your information, and then delete that suspicious email.
- If you want to avoid phishing email, just delete any email that raises confusion.
- In addition to simply deleting the email, you can also mark it as spam, or as suspicious.
4. Scan your computer
Antivirus software is a program that helps how to prevent computer security threats such as hackers, viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and malware threats.
If you think you’ve infected your system with a virus or other types of malicious software then you should scan your system using the antivirus software.
5. Do not download email attachments
When you will receive a phishing e-mail message with an attachment file and the attachment may contain malware such as viruses, worms or spyware that may infect your system as soon as you download and open the software.
So, it is better don’t download and open that type of email attachments to prevent from cyber security threats.
6. Do not reply to Phishing Email
If you suspect that you’ve received a suspicious email, and the mail requesting to you reply with your personal information, then it is confirm that the mail is phishing email. In that case, you will never reply this type of email.
- If you think your incoming email is suspicious then you can direct phone call to sender to confirm as he sends the mail.
7. Never click email links
A suspicious or phishing e-mail message may contain a URL link to redirect you to a vulnerable website and ask to provide your personal information such as usernames, passwords, credit card information, login credentials, and so more.
The URL links look like as legitimate link but if you check the link very carefully then you can see that the link is fraudulent link.
8. Update your Software
If your system is infected with a virus or other malware then you have to update your software such as from anti-virus software to computer operating systems. The main reason for updating the latest version software is to stay protected from security threats.
Old version software may have some vulnerability in source code and when a new version of software is released, the version usually includes fixes for those types of security vulnerabilities.
9. Up to date Operating system
It is strongly recommend that you update your operating system on a regular basis with the latest security patches. This will ensure that your system is up-to-date and free from viruses and other cyber threats.
- Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button > control panel > system and security > and then clicking Windows Update.
- In the left pane, click Check for updates
- If any updates are found, click Install updates.
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