Getting Phished

Before I experienced being hacked, I never tried to think that people who get hacked aren’t stupid, getting hacked one time made me realize how difficult it can be for you to avoid being hacked—especially when you are a curious person or a person opened to new people, new information and new activities. I have always been the person with complex passwords, and I have always been secretive about these things; all these didn’t stop me from getting hacked, and the funniest thing is, I saw it coming, but my curiosity and effort to give benefits of doubt wouldn’t just allow me avoid it. In seconds, I lost control of everything! If not for my technical know-how and friends who are hackers too and were good at taking back hacked accounts, I would never have gotten to have my account back. Now I know people who get hacked are not necessarily stupid as I believed, they just fall victim of what they don’t know or what they know but want to see through.

Most people in infotech would know Phishing is one of the most-used style of hacking somebody’s account, and it is also the easiest to fall for—thousands or even millions of people around the world fall victim to Phishing per day. But the funniest part is that, it is also the easiest style of hacking to avoid. A lot of people think not telling anyone your details over the phone is the best way to avoid being phished, and yes they are correct, it’s just that over the phone is not the only means of getting people’s data nowadays—that’s in fact the traditional method. There are new methods of getting people’s data now, and in fact they are so sleek you would be the one to submit your details by yourself. There are clone websites everywhere now, and these clone websites have only one job—drawing people looking for the original website and getting their details via the backend or making sales to them as the original website. An example of this is how easily a person looking to visit can easily click on thinking they are visiting the right site. They enter their card details or login details in a site like this and that’s it, they are literally sending these information to the person who needs them to do hurts.

I always advise people to read carefully the websites they are trying to visit, and also, if it is a link with lots of alphabets and digits and symbols, it is better you don’t visit the link directly, copy it first, then paste it on your Google search engine and read up some things about the link. If you read anything that’s not related to what they tell you the link does, don’t click on it; if you must, use a public device, because it is likely you are about to click on some virus that would auto-run on your device and report your information to a person who needs it to harm you. You could also be clicking on a link that would give control of some social media accounts to somebody who wants to do some hurts. Your chances of avoiding getting phished increases so highly if you can avoid clone webs and strange links, and you have learned to tell anyone who call you and ask for sensitive information that you would appear at their office or another branch of their office to do what they are trying to help you on over the phone or email.