What to do against phishing

Phishing is still a big problem. The criminals that perform these attacks are often sophisticated and have plenty of time to setup an phishing campaign which has a big chance to bring them some profit in the form of money or data. Phishing can happen in all types of different ways. The criminals can send messages via SMS and social media platforms like Instagram, Tiktok, Facebook, Telegram and so on. Email also remains a popular method to deliver fake messages. The attackers always want to influence the receiver into performing unwanted actions like clicking on a link, leaving personal information or downloading a malicious application.

It is for that reason that we have made a quick summary for you that can help you to protect yourself against phishing attacks. We have that this set works for you and if you have any additional tips, then certainly feel free to leave them in the comment section.

What can you do to prevent phishing your data?

  • Never respond to e-mails or apps with requests for personal login codes or PIN code. Banks, credit card companies and, for example, web shops never ask for this. Do you receive such an email? Then remove it immediately. Under no circumstances click on any link contained in the email.
  • If you receive payment requests from strangers, do not click on them.
  • Do not send your bank card. Your bank will never ask for this. When you get a new card, the bank always asks you to cut your old card and throw it away.
  • Never send a copy of your ID. Criminals can use your citizen service number to apply for a bank card.
  • Never give out any personal information over the phone.
  • If you want to make a payment request, log in to your own banking app or the website of your bank and make the payment there. Also indicate to the buyer that you pay in this way. Often, the fraudster will then already give up and take no further action.
  • If you do not fully trust a link, check it via the safe-browsing website of Google
  • Keep passwords safe and change them regularly. Make sure your computer has the latest software and security updates.

If you clicked a link anyway

  • Have you opened an attachment and you don’t trust it afterwards? Have your computer, tablet or smartphone checked for malicious software. It is best to change your passwords. Wait with internet banking until you are sure that your computer is clean again. To be sure, contact the bank and explain the situation.
  • Have you clicked on a link to a (fake) payment environment and entered your login details there? Please contact your bank as soon as possible!
  • Did you only click on the link, but did not enter your account details because you did not trust it? Then there is basically nothing to worry about. But stay alert.

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