Phishing is one of the most commonly used methods to hack email accounts. I have posted on How to hack Facebook account using Phishing to make you all aware of how Phishing is done. In this post, I have posted 4 best anti-phishing tips which I thought are useful to prevent yourself from being phished by any phishing attack.
4 Tips to prevent Phishing:
Actually, these tips are nothing but Firefox addons which your Firefox browser must have. These 4 anti-phishing addons are really very useful in taking down any phishing attack. So, lets start.
1. Secure Login:
Well, whenever I’ll talk about anti-phishing addons, it will be Secure Login that will occupy topmost position. Why??? Pretty simple. With Secure Login, you don’t need to enter any password or login information. Go to any login page and hit on Secure Login icon. That’s it. Secure Login will do the work of filling the login information and thus, you can see your account control panel.
Now, how Secure Login secures you from Phishing??? Secure Login remembers the url of the login page and its corresponding login credential. If the page url matches exactly, then only it is gonna enter login information. Otherwise, it shows “No login data found for this page”. Thus even if hacker uses very matching url (though not exactly same) which can be tempting for us, its not tempting for Secure Login.
Whenever you visit a phisher, secure login will show “No login data found for this page” alerting you that the current page is phisher.
2. Search Status:
This one is actually used as SEO extension by many webmasters, but Search Status can be used as anti-phishing addon. Search status shows Google Pagerank and also Alexa rank by residing in your browser toolbar as shown in above image (just adjacent to Help). Naturally, the original genuine login page is bound to have very high Pagerank and Alexa rank. But, since, most phishers are hosted on free hosting services, they certainly have very less or mostly nil pagerank. This difference in Pagerank and Alexa rank surely helps in ensuring safety.
3. Web Of Trust (WOT):
WOT helps us in filtering potentially malicious websites by marking the links to webpages in 3 different colours: Green, Yellow and Red. Red mark indicates the site is most probable to contain malicious content. Thus, helping us to be safe.
I really liked the logic behind this addon. Formfox displays the form action (the site to which the information you’ve entered is being sent). So, next time you enter login information, simply hover your mouse on Login button and you will find Formfox showing the link to which your login information will be sent. So, you can detect phishers before hitting on Login button.
Note the difference in destination for Phisher page. This can be used to detect phishers and thus ensure your safety from such phishers.
So friends, this was all about anti-phishing softwares to help you protect from phishers. Use these 4 anti-phishing tips to and I bet you won’t be phished. If you have any other anti-phishing software or tip not mentioned in the article, please mention it in comments. Your comments are awaited.
Enjoy anti-phishing softwares….