Hackers have become a real threat to business. It is relatively common place for businesses to have to close down for a few days because of a successful cyber attack on a business’s website. The latest data breach cases, where hackers gained access to vital company information, also put businesses in a difficult position. To protect yourself from these attacks, you need to be able to identify the signs that indicate an impending attack and act before hackers can do maximum damage. If you want to learn how to identify hackers using phishing techniques, keep reading.
The first step in identifying an impending attack on business using phishing techniques is to determine what technique the hackers use. Is it a well-thought-out web attack? Is it an online attack? Or is it a social engineering attack using stolen personal information to get into your business? Knowing the precise techniques used by hackers makes it easier to target them.
Most hackers would not spend time carrying out a phishing campaign against a business if they didn’t expect to get some sort of personal information back. For example, if they wanted to steal financial or employee information, they would go for phishing attacks on businesses with website addresses that are similar to popular financial sites, such as PayPal, Google Check Out or Bank of America. They might also try to get into businesses with email addresses that are very common for phishing purposes. After getting a small amount of personal information from the customer (which could include their name and address), the hackers might send out spam, which will appear to come from that business. Sometimes, customers will respond to one of these emails, thinking they are doing the online equivalent of ordering goods online.
What if I told you the hackers behind these phishing campaigns are watching every move you make? Well, since these hackers have access to computers that have access to the Internet, this is exactly what happens. They record your IP address, your website’s URL and even your screen resolution when you are browsing the web. And then, when they have this information, they send this information across the Web to someone who can actually gain access to your business’ database. This could allow them to drain your company’s funds or even con you into purchasing expensive online product which has actually been stolen.
The key point here is that you don’t need to be a genius to become a victim of this attack. You simply need to know what type of websites to stay away from and how to protect yourself when using the Internet. There are many resources available online, but it is advisable to subscribe to a reputable online security newsletter so that you can receive real-time updates about phishing attempts and about the latest online fraud prevention tools. Subscribe to newsletters hosted by companies that specialize in online security and e-business.
If you want to learn more about the latest phishing trends and how to protect your business using phishing techniques, then feel free to check out my blog. In my blog, you will be able to find some of the best free online resources dedicated to helping you fight phishing attacks and Internet frauds. This way, you can protect your company while you are away from the office or when you are asleep. Just because your computer is password protected doesn’t mean you can be too careful.