Sometimes you might even get an email by something regarding your Apple ID or Facebook ID and other social network information ids information or request to confirm something.There are many of us who still fall victim just by clicking on any links that contain on the email create a phishing attack and can harm you so badly. Different maleware, spysare, phishing are been used by hackers now a days. They are trying different methods, different email IDs and more convinced way so that people fall in their tricks. I was always very careful every time i check my emails and consider my self as an expert at phishing avoidance, but few months back i fall in a track and clicked a fraudulent link.
So, I would like to share few important basics that how you should find or identify phishing emails easily.
New Apple ID with fraudulent details and phishing links :
- Many of us uses different email IDs. Now lets find out do we really use that email for that specific website. I have several e-mail accounts but the message in above came to an account that is not linked with my Apple account.On the top of the From field you can easily an obvious sign it is actually didn't come from Apple because companies uses their own domain names for sending emails.But, sometimes they use these type of tricks so be careful.
- The date above shown is in DD-MM-YYYY format, but unfortunately in the US, everyone uses MM-DD-YYYY. that is how we can easily track this e-mail originated from outside of US. otherwise it should have us date format.
- Name is missing, if you have an Apple ID you must have your information on their database. So, whenever they send you e-mail they must include your full name with it, but above you can see Hello (blank).
- The most interesting part is when you will mouse hover to any link it will show the URL of the website of that link, so the biggest clue of all on above Reset your password it revealed a decidedly non-Apple URL. So in case if i click that, I will probably be redirect to a site that looks familiar with Apple, and most importantly it will ask for your details, your name, number, credit card information. Alternately, it could even take you to a website where stealth-installs a bunch of spyware malware and/or viruses Trojans on the system even automatically downloaded just by visiting the page.
Tips to keep your self safe from phishers
- Suspicious on every unknown/unwanted emails: Phishing e-mails will always try to freak you out with warnings of stolen information, winning prizes, claim prizes, join contest, need help, want to talk and easy fix if you just click here. When you have doubt about the link, don't link on it, instead, open your browser, go the company's page, then normally sign in and look if there are any signs of strange activity. Then if you are concerned about the matter, you can change your password.
- Find spelling and grammar mistakes: Just like above example that the phisherman got the date format wrong, most of the missives that come from outside of USA are riddled with many spelling mistakes and simple grammar mistakes. We know big companies hire professional writers and editors to make their contents to make sure their emails are perfect prose. If you have found an email that actually not looking good, it is almost certainly a fake.
- Give external security to browser: You could make mistake at any time, with just an accidental click on a phishing link doesn't have to spell disaster, McAfee Site Advisor and Web Of Trust are free browser extension/add-ons that simply warn you if the site look suspicious or suspected of malicious activity. You can just call them website cops that stop you before you turn down a dangerous street.
- Smartphone/Tabs: If you checking e-mails on your smartphone or tabs, it might actually be difficult to spot a phishing attempt. You can not just mouse over a questionable link, and the smaller screen makes you less likely to spot obvious gaffes. The great news is that most smartphone browsers or operating systems are immune from harmful sites and downloads, so there will be little chance of harm in tapping on a suspicious link. But you should keep be very careful while you are completing a web form with password and personal information.
- Use your common sense: Always use your common sense, don't get exciting if you have found unwanted invitations, you can not just win a contest you even heard about and never joined for, your bank won't contact you using email address you never even registered with them. Microsoft will never remotely detect a virus on your PC, know the warning signs, always think twice before you click on any links, and never ever give your password and financial info unless you are properly signed into your account and you are confirm about your safety on the website from trusted sources. look for "https://", denoting Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, before entering any sensitive information, all secured website will have https:// before their url.