Security Tips

Think Before You Click – Not all links are what they seem!

Phishing attacks frequently use links that seem like social media sites or other reputable websites to entice people into clicking. These URLs are frequently a component of a larger scheme to steal sensitive data, such as login passwords, private information, or financial information. What you need know about such links is as follows:

Verify the URL: Hover your cursor over any link to reveal its true URL before clicking. If the URL seems shady or doesn’t match the address of a trustworthy website, proceed with caution.

Examine the Website: Phishing websites can resemble legitimate websites almost exactly. Search for minute variations in the website’s layout, logo, or domain name. Hackers might make use of typos in URLs or slightly different domains that look similar to the original.

Beware of Urgency: Phishing emails or messages may give the impression that something must be done right away, such as by threatening to suspend your account if you don’t. Don’t click under the influence of urgency.

Avoid Pop-Ups: Be wary of pop-up windows that request personal information from you, especially if they appear after you click a link.

Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest phishing schemes and tactics by being informed. Inform yourself and your co-workers on cybersecurity best practices on a regular basis.

Remember that a cautious and knowledgeable user is the best defence against phishing attacks. Any unsolicited emails or messages should always be taken with a grain of salt, especially if they contain links or ask for sensitive information.

This Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre. Neither the European Union nor the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre can be held responsible for them.