We’re all well aware of the phenomenon of scammers, where we get cheated by someone else by either the means of convincing or just falling into a deadly trap. Phishers will never stop, they’ll keep coming even when drastic measures have been taken, yet they seem to be always one step ahead of you.
Originated from the word fishing, phishing is a term which defines a way of scamming, as if it is a “password fishing” methodology. Much more like an “automated scammer”, it disguises a fake website as if it is the real one, so that you type in your real credentials to login to somewhere(let’s say your email), they’ll get a copy of your login credentials!
The most common form of phishing is of course by disguising as online banking websites. Of course they’re only concerned about money, what else would their motive be? By getting your bank account login credentials, they’re able to access your bank account.
Here is a very new example of how one of the latest phishing website look like.
The latest ones do look more or less the same as the real one, but then again there are some other measures to take to really confirm which is real and which is fake.
Take a look at the address bar at the top, and you’ll realize the difference.
Well, still, which is real? With that we will just click on the little icon on the immediate left side of the address bar.
When you clicked on it, a popup menu will show out. You might have also realized the difference between the real and fake, which is the “https://” before the website. I’m pretty sure most of us encountered with “http://” but what is the extra s doing there? Let’s explain it in a very layman’s point of view for easy understanding.
That little s denotes secure, which in concept, does a “secured handshake” between the user and the website. In order to have that extra s on the “http://”, the website will need to have an extra certificate protocol, so that everything is shown with a legit authority, not those macam yes cheaters who show a fabricated certificate.
Here is also another screenshot of where we can find the “https://” at.
This entire concept is much like how a policeman goes up to someone’s house for interrogation, but must first show their credibility through their policeman badge. If a fake policeman shows up at your home for interrogation yet doesn’t have a legit badge, who knows you might even get kidnapped in your own home???
To know more and the exact steps on how the secured HTTP works, here is a link for it.
So take this PSA and share it to your friends, your family – practically everyone you love. Getting phished is worse than getting scammed as those who are not awfully familiar with computers and the Interwebs won’t even know who, what and how they got their money lost!
Knowing certain sensitive websites are secured – let’s say Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – is important for everyone due to reasons that I don’t even have to explain. We wouldn’t like to have our Facebook accounts ransacked by an unknown by posting inappropriate photos and spamming more and more phishing websites to your pages, friends and timeline too!