chapter  Chapter 8
11 Pages

Phishing Prevention Guidelines

WithShweta Shankhwar, Dhirendra Pandey, Raees Ahmad Khan

In the 21st century, the looming needs and desire for technology and connecting with the world on a wide scale have intensified the user dependence on digital media. Digitization does assure comfort; however, dependence over the same may be hazardous in the long run. Everything comes with a price and similarly has its pros and cons. The same goes for the digital world. Digital media makes us connect with others, and gains knowledge of new arenas and relevant interests. However, advances in technology have brought more and more dependence and more devices getting in connection to cyberspace, which is also famous for being continuously exposed to cyberattacks and imposing threats on its regular users.

The main susceptibility exploited by phishers is familiarity, which is done through social engineering. The users’ human nature itself acts as a psychological and behavioral agent and is the axiomatically rational one. As observed in all the phishing attacks, the phisher specifically executes his plantings through the means of obfuscated URLs and snares up the user to fall victim.

In this chapter, guidelines are proposed to help and train enterprise employees and online users to recognize fake or phishing websites and also make them aware and alert from cybercrimes. Some suggestive measures against other cybercrime are also discussed for the prevention and protection of naive user’s cybersafety. It would keep them secured in cyber, social and monitory aspects and also would help them spread the cyberawareness through mouth publicity.