What is phishing? How to prevent from it?

What is Phishing? How to Prevent from it?

Apr 18, 2021 / Kron

Phishing attacks, which are among the cybercrime attacks of today, are one of the dark engineering applications that criminals use to steal data, access computers, and infiltrate into networks of companies. Email manipulation, content placement, link tricks, fake websites, authorized session breach, malicious advertising, and man-in-the-middle tactics are among the common phishing methods.

What is phishing?

Phishing refers to attacks to steal confidential personal or corporate information. During attack attempts, deceiving emails, links of websites, and text messages are widely used to reach users' confidential information. Victims are deceived for providing important data such as name, surname, mother's maiden name, address, telephone, password, tax ID, account number, and credit card information in phishing attacks. Using this personal information, the criminals can apply for a credit card, purchase a mobile line, establish a company or involve in similar fraud activities by using the information of people and institutions who suffer from these attacks.

How This Phishing Attack Works

By trying phishing tactics on various platforms, criminals can easily get what they want because they are carefully hiding behind the daily applications mostly preferred by users such as emails and websites. For instance, impostors can send you a fake link to your email address that is "bankname.x.com" with a subdomain instead of "bankname.com", the official website of a bank, and make you enter this fake address. Since the website interface, basic data, and service flow are copied, the users might share their critical information including phone number, client ID, and password even though they are not aware of what they are doing. Accessing personal or corporate information, phishers may take instant actions and get access to your accounts unless they are compromised by extra security measures.

4 Ways to Prevent from Phishing Attacks

Individual users with basic technological literacy can always be prevented from phishing attacks as long as they act carefully about certain security measures. Nevertheless, they have to flawlessly check the main computer networks of corporate and industrial firms, their servers, internal computers, data storage devices, user interfaces, and remote ports. Even the slightest data breach might lead to a phishing attack. On the other hand, it is possible to avoid phishing attacks with four important techniques covering the most recent security solutions:

Privileged Access Management (PAM)

PAM security solutions not only manage applications, servers, routers but also strengthen privileged access controls and minimize the risk of ID information. PAM (Privileged Access Management) is different from IAM (Identity & Access Management) that grants access to the applications, websites, and databases of a firm, instead, PAM focuses on controlling the internal IT media of an organization and providing full data security. Privileged accounts can be listed as user accounts, user administrator accounts, emergency access accounts managed by IT system administrators, domain administrator accounts, root accounts, APIs, and service accounts. It is crucial for managing this kind of private accounts to avoid identity-based malware and others.

Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

Two factor authentication feature ensures the protection of vital resources, minimizing security flaws. Providing double security protection against attacks including theft of ID/card information, online fraud, phishing, etc., 2FA solutions take security to even higher levels. Although the corporate user account is in danger, it is not possible for cyber attackers to access the firm's critical assets as long as the user's mobile phone or email is captured as well. Two Factor Authentication both supports online (SMS, email, mobile application) and offline (mobile application, HARD Protocol) authentication standards.

Dynamic Password Controller

There are accounts that ensure logins to the system on corporate networks with administrator access to the main computer and resources. One can access these accounts through corporate interfaces such as administrator for Windows servers, root for Linux/Unix servers, and admin for Cisco. However, since the password information of these kinds of local accounts is not mostly managed by a central index server such as Active Directory or LDAP, it can pose a critical threat for corporate information breach. Dynamic Password Controller (DPC) removes security gaps between the user computer and main computer by limiting the duration of the passwords, uses user authentication, and carries out AI-supported calculations.

Privileged Session Manager

Controlling encrypted administrator sessions, Privileged Session Manager (PSM) works as a gateway between users and target devices. Providing controls with the man-in-the-middle approach, Privileged Session Manager also provides data validity without requiring a private access portal or middleware. The user ID is validated on the available index service of the business and the entire session gets validity from the Privileged Session Manager. In that way, all operations, indexed data, pictures, videos, statistics during the session are recorded flawlessly and quickly. With the Privileged Session Manager, confidential internal protocols and customizable applications can be assigned to user groups. By this way, they would securely be ready for use. Also, the Privileged Session Manager has several interfaces which support SSH/TELNET for the use of command lines, RDP/VNC for remote desktop links, and SFTP for file transfers.

Kron’s Single Connect suite strengthens, facilitates, and secures privileged accounts for professional users, businesses, and network operators. Single Connect makes the concept of security a fundamental standard by integrating an ultra-productivity platform with its pre-integrated modules that manage hundreds of network items and servers with a single unified system.


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