"Phishing" or phishing sites work by impersonating the companies you trust like banks, financial service sites, or online payment firms to get your password and other personal details, and gain access to your actual accounts.
There are also other ways to steal your password. You can be redirected to a page that poses as the original website, and you may unknowingly share your information.
Here are some things you need to look out for when you visit a website:
1. Look at the URL
Phishers will inject a page where you need to enter your personal information in it. They’re highly skilled at making the page look like the real thing. Always make sure that the URL you’re clicking is the correct one for the site.
For Coins.ph, you should always see https://www.coins.ph/ as the spelling of the URL.
2. Check if it’s HTTPS.
That “s” portion in HTTPS means “secure”. It is a security protocol websites use to ensure your personal details are not phishable. You will see a lock icon or something similar to know if it is HTTPS. You should see something like the one below:
3. Don’t install plugins or software from an untrusted website.
Sometimes, your information can be leaked not because of the website, but because someone will make you install a plugin in your browser or a program in your computer. You’ll see this when you download files and there are other software bundled into it. Be very careful about installing these, as these may log your keystrokes and send them over remotely to someone in the web.
Make it a habit to keep your PC virus free, keep your firewalls on, and clean out your computer’s files regularly.
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