Cyber threat and online security breaches are the 2 undeniable realities of the web. They did exist in the past, yet, their presence has been felt much more in the past decade or so. Despite the efforts and the awareness about malware and phishing threats, the problem continues to grow bigger. Ask us why? Well, because unethical hackers with advanced skills have been coming up with ways that make it very difficult to distinguish genuine emails from the malicious ones.
Having said that, there are certain ways to address such cyber security concerns. Hackers usually follow a pattern that’s known as hoop hacking to attack users. The most recent example of such threats has been the pool of sports-centric users that were participating in the NCAA basketball tournament bracket.
Similarly, whenever a popular event is round the corner, organizers send out bulk emails to different people randomly using the information collected via cookie policies. And this is where the market for hackers begin.
Users create and join different pools to compete against people in the other pools. It’s basically a kind of healthy holiday season. Organizers send out emails with links to sports-centric websites to the target audiences. But, so do hackers. With so much hype, it becomes very difficult for users to distinguish between such emails and find out which ones are from genuine sources and which ones might contain malicious links. This is where awareness comes to play. The things that can help reduce such phishing attacks include the following.
- Always check the header and the subject line of the email. Ignore the ones that arrive in your inbox without one.
- Ignore the emails that contain shortened links. Such links can redirect you on a malicious website instead.
- Ignore emails by the websites that you have never visited or requested membership from no matter how lucrative the deal seems to be.
- Focus on the last part of the URL instead of the first. The last part contains the information about the website you’d be redirected to once you click on the link.
- Use URL testing websites before clicking open any link that you suspect.
These are the few precautionary tips. Other than these, some smart techniques to altogether avoid such a situation include the following.
- Visit the authentic ticketing websites only instead of visiting the others in order to find discounts.
- Pass the deals that are too good to be true.