Beware of Phishing attacks! Here’s what you can do to save yourself

Hackers are always attempting new ways to gain access to your phone. They are attempting to steal your money, personal information, and anything else of value. For this reason, they keep creating malware or try to mislead you with various methods such as sending bogus emails that appear to be genuine. For example, you may receive an email that appears to be from your bank, and when you click on it, you will be directed to a website that appears to be from your bank as well. But watch out! That website is a fake, created to seem like your bank’s.


Many people click on the links in these emails and lose money in the end. While mobile phones are extremely useful devices, they may also be extremely damaging to users. The objective is to be aware of what’s going on and to recognise when someone is attempting to steal from you. This means people must be aware of the methods that hackers use. Hence a Google list that explains what phishing is and how to avoid it has been included.


What is a phishing attack?

Google claims that When someone tries to deceive you into revealing personal information online, it is called a phishing attack. Phishing is typically carried out via email, advertisements, or websites that appear to be identical to websites you already use.


Google reveals the specifics of what Phishing emails or websites may ask for in order to steal your personal information – you should never give this information to anyone. Check out the whole list of things you must not give to anyone:

  • Usernames and passwords, including password changes
  • Social security scheme numbers
  • Bank account numbers
  • PINs
  • Debit and Credit card numbers
  • Your mother’s maiden name
  • Your birthday


Nobody, including your bank, email, Safari, or ecommerce sites will ever ask you for these details. These are personal facts which should only be known by the user and no one else. So, the next time you receive a phishing email, recognise it for what it is and delete it as soon as possible.


How to report phishing mails on Gmail

When Google detects that an email is potentially phishing or suspicious, it could send a warning or move the email to Spam.

  1. Head on to your Gmail using a computer
  2. Open the message that might seem suspicious to you
  3. Now, on the top-right corner, you’ll notice a three-dot menu (More), click on the menu,
  4. Click Report phishing



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