What is phishing?
Phishing is a technique which consists in imitating a company, someone or anything else in order to extract data out of you in order to reuse them afterward.
The typical use case is the following one, you are receiving a message from your internet service provider asking you to update your credentials for security reasons. You received this information by email, so you clicked on the link within the email, you are landing on a website which looks like exactly the one of your internet service provider. So you are in confidence. You enter your credentials and without knowing it you just sent your credentials to a hacker who will use those data against you.
From this point, this hacker would have probably identified your habits and will test your credentials on many popular websites in order to purchase things or to make fun of you.
Losing your credentials is like giving the keys of your house, it is catastrophic.
How to prevent yourself from phishing?
To be honest, it is going to be harder and harder. The more experienced the person who produced the phishing is, the more chances you have to be trapped.
The best security you can have is to directly contact the company they claimed to be through the contact details you are used to have. You can also choose to not do anything which is the choice that most of us are taking. Other ways to prevent phishing:
- Typos, misspelling.
- If you have a doubt, then probably it is a phishing.
- Domain names.