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    What is phishing?

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    Aina Prat Blasi
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    Surely you have heard of the terrible phising, but do you know what it is? As technology improves, threats to cyber security also increase. One of the most popular is called Phishing.


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    This type of attack tries to deceive us so that we provide our personal data believing that we give them to a trustworthy company or person but in reality on the other side of the computer there is a cybercriminal who will take advantage of our bank accounts or passwords.



    The crook, known as a phisher, uses techniques of SOCIAL ENGINEERING, posing as a trusted person or company belonging to the official one, he usually uses an e-mail, or an instant messaging system, social networks, SMS / MMS, or even using telephone calls.

    Why is it called Phishing? It is very easy to refer to fishing, but instead of fish, the users of an email, for example, are the ones who take the bait. And it is quite dangerous, since it points to your important data.


    This technique is one of the most popular in the world of cybercrime because it is very simple to perform. Cybercriminals, or Phishers, not only try to steal the identity of anonymous people, but they also take advantage of the dismissal of employees to obtain confidential information of any company.

    Phishing attacks are usually carried out via e-mail, SMS, social network, even by telephone and each receives a different name. But how can we avoid being the victim of a phishing attack? It's very simple, we just need to follow three steps.


    First, we shouldn't respond directly to these kinds of messages. Banks and large companies usually don't use SMS or email to request personal data.



    Secondly, you don't need to click on the links that appear in the emails. Make sure the website address is safe.

    Third, if you suspect that you have suffered a phishing attack, change all your passwords and contact your bank or whoever has your data stolen.

    Distinguishing one phishing message from another legitimate one may not be easy for a user who has received an email with such characteristics, especially when it is in fact a customer of the financial institution the message is supposed to come from.


    The From field of the message shows an address of the company in question. However, it is easy for the scammer to change the source address displayed in any mail client.

    The e-mail message features the logos or images that were gleaned from the actual website to which the fraudulent message relates.

    The link shown appears to point to the company's original website, but actually leads to a fraudulent website, which will ask for user data, passwords, etc.


    Normally these emails have grammatical errors or modified words, which are not usual in the communications of the entity they are trying to get through.

    If you receive such a phishing email, ignore it and never reply.

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    Now you know what is phishing and how to avoid it. Be responsible on the web.


    Further Reading:

    • Did you receive this email from the Revenue Agency? Don't open it, it's a scam
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    • How to block emails on Gmail
    • 5 simple ways to protect yourself from phishing attacks
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