Avoid phishing attacks: the checklist for students of 2017

Last updated: May 14, 2018

More and more people around the globe suffer from computer fraudsters. We are saddened by the fact that adversaries are not even stopped by user’s age or social status. Unfortunately, even children undergo hacking attacks.

Barely had a new academic year begun, when tidings of phishing attacks became under discussion among students.

Phishing is the deceitful practice when a reputable organization sends messages by means of emails to persuade the internet users to hand over sensitive data, such as credit card information, usernames and passwords. As Anti-Phishing Working Group reports, American, Chinese and British students undergo phishing more often than their peers in other countries around world (have a look at the table below).

At the beginning of September 2017, the UK students started receiving messages from the company that provides students with loans for study. The matter of the message was about some troubles with the account of Student Loan Company. Thus, to overcome possible problems it was necessary to click a link attached to the message.

Without hesitation lots of students followed the instructions and as a result lost their sensitive data.

Such attacks lasted for two weeks and targeted mainly freshmen, then the fraudsters disappeared.

Specialists advise to be circumspect while studying e-mails, but it is more reasonable to follow several simple tips to be protected.

How to withstand phishing tips

1. Stop clicking al the links attached to the e-mails. Study the letter carefully as such messages often contain grammar mistakes. A trustworthy company always works on its reputation, so grammar mistakes are impossible. As for adversaries, they are not tied up with grammar.

2. Contact by phone the company on behalf of which you have received a message. Make certain that the text of an e-mail represents the facts. Only in the event thatthe information is confirmed by official representatives of this organization, it is allowed to follow the instructions of a message.

3. Use a VPN to defend your personal data. A reliable Virtual Private Network blocks such links and encrypts all transferring via the Internet data. It is the best variant not to undergo phishing.