Crime still doesn’t pay, even if it’s phishing. And although phishing may seem like a new word to many, especially with the latest updated Internet Explorer browser that is said to detect possible phishing activity on websites, it is an old term for a new term – malware.
With all of the new protection technologies out there, and the frequent exploits of Web 2.0 applications, it’s important to know what phishing is and how to protect yourself.
First off, if you’re not familiar with phishing – congratulations! If you are an old hand at losing friends in the online Fight! , you probably won’t feel comfortable with the term phishing until it’s too late. But rest assured: phishing is the way that criminals shortcut your links. This is just one of the many meanings of the word that includes fraudulent. The term is of course a throwback to the days of traditional port scanning and narrow pretexting (the wiretapping practice of tapping the phone to find voice targets for hidden conversations), when phish was just a way to say someone is asking for you.
To those of you who are using online banking, and have thus had to read that delicate information about your bank, you may not realize the potential threat. That’s right: criminals that know about the sensitive data you are about to process, but don’t know your beef. That’s right: hackers.
Our hackers are getting smarter and smarter, too. They have plenty of methods of bypassing firewalls, even the kind of anti-virus software that you may be using. But they also have software that will read your passwords, even on your Secure Socket Layer software.
Secure Socket Layer (SSL), is the latest concern for online thieves. Bad guys now know that Secure Socket Layer is the latest Internet security concern. It’s easy to tell why: the extra protection that is required to protect your digital data when you are shopping online is just not worth the risk.
It’s an alarming fact that For most online transactions, you can simply rely on your browsers encryption to protect your purchase. But is that the best and safest strategy?
Its eye opening to realize that despite all the encryption and anti-phishing protection found on your browser and information compiled by companies such as Yahoo, Google and Microsoft, online criminals will still be able to gain access to your personal information.
This is why fingerprint scanners and other biometric scanners are now an important part of a secure online experience. We need them to validate our identity before we can proceed to make a purchase.
These scanners ability to uniquely identify each individual user also makes them susceptible to malicious hackers. So we really need to authenticate each other and keep each other safe. That’s why Internet security managers have been able to make the difference between good and bad passwords. They are able to make a passage through annoying password policies and become a part of our daily workflow without having to worry about losing or missing a single password.
There are times when extra precaution is not really needed. If you are using the same password for multiple websites, a simple change of passwords will solve the problem without having to reconfigure every website. However, when you have to make a change because of some recent online fraud, it will be a huge help. After all, you cannot afford to lose ‘trustworthy clients and customers’ data. There are sites that have a public login area where anyone can see your login details. These hackers can then use this breach to target your account(s).
That is why password protection tools are now being introduced. These tools are able to create, change and manage different passwords for you based on preferences that you have. They present you with a variety of options that enables you to access your favourite sites through different applications. You can be sure that when you visit a password protected site, you can’t login as an outsider. This gives you extra confidence that your data can be trusted and kept confidential.
A tool that can easily be used by anyone from the age of 5 to 80 is available. Kids are now using the Internet more often and some sites contain content that is not suitable for everyone. However, providing you have the right protection tools will make sure that your children never get into any trouble through the use of the Internet.
The question is: what can you do to protect your children?