How To Get Rid Of Phishing
With the proliferation of Internet usage, criminals have also find a way on how they can make use of the increasing popularity of Internet among the users. One of the most common crimes that happen in the World Wide Web nowadays is phishing attack. Phishing is used to steal information from the user by using baits. The term “phishing” is similar to “fishing” wherein the fisherman uses baits to please the fish and then, once the fish falls for this, they get trapped. Phishing mainly involves stealing of a person’s identity and sensitive information like account name, passwords and even credit card information.
There are many fraudulent websites today that promote phishing. Most people fall for their trap because phishing attacks are concealed with a very good offer and the people are tempted to sign up for it. If you are one of the people who have suffered a phishing attack, unfortunately, there is still no known remedy to get rid of it. However, you can prevent further phishing attacks and you can also get rid of the virus associated with it. Here are some things that you can do to fix phishing attacks.
Get rid of the virus
If you have clicked on a possible phishing link and your computer started to run very slow or you experience some lag on its processes, then you may have been affected by the phishing virus. If you have a spyware or virus detector, you can simply run it to check if you have acquired phishing viruses. But note that not all anti-virus or spyware programs can detect phishing viruses. So if you want to be assured, you can download an advanced detector like Malware bytes or Super anti-spyware. You can get the home edition for free at cnet.com.
Change your password
Once you find out that you have suffered from a phishing attack, immediately attend to your accounts and change your passwords. If your account is involved with a credit card account, contact your card provider immediately and ask them to freeze any upcoming transactions using your credit card. If your credit card account has already been used, you can also talk about it with your credit card provider. If the website where it has been used allows customer complaints, you can file an unauthorized transaction claim and provide necessary details. Websites today, especially those that involve payments like PayPal, are tightening their security so if you even encounter phishing attacks, just get support from their customer service provider.
Do not reply to e-mails asking for sensitive information
You may have received some e-mails that are giving you too good to be true offers. In this case, do not give any information they are asking for especially if it is too suspicious. Also, do not follow any link that is given on the e-mail. If the e-mail comes from an establishment that you know, like your bank, instead of doing the transaction online, you should call your bank beforehand and ask if the e-mail is indeed a valid one.
Check the sender information
If you often do online transactions and your inbox is always filled with e-mail from various websites, you should take extra caution in opening and reading your messages. Pay particular attention to the sender’s e-mail and website link. Any malformed e-mail address or link is suspicious. Only trust e-mail that has come from verified addresses.