How To Protect Yourself From A Phishing Attack

Phishing is an attempt to “fish” for your private information. If you’re not sure what this means, read our post on What Is A Phishing Attack?

So how do you protect yourself from a phishing attack?

Treat any e-mail message that asks for confidential or personal information with a high degree of suspicion. The safest way to transact online is not not click on links through e-mail or complete information into forms that are embedded with an email. Instead, directly type in the relevant website into your browser’s address bar.

This will take you directly to the source so you may verify whether any such alerts or messages are in your account and simultaneously allow you to act upon it in a secure environment.

Another option is to call the party or organization to verify any suspicious e-mails you have received was in fact sent by them before acting upon it.

Do not open e-mail attachments from unverified or unexpected sources, no matter how serious or urgent they appear to be. Remember, the criminals want you to act without forethought.

Which Wi-Fi Encryption To Use (Explained)

When setting up a new wireless network, you will undoubtedly come across the screen that asks you to select the Wi-Fi encryption you want to use.

With so many options like WEP 64, WEP 128, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK, to name a few, which one should you use?

Even if you can’t make up your mind, the most important thing to remember is to always select at least one of them. Never think “I’ll set this up later” and leave your wireless network open. This is a huge security threat.

Wi-Fi Encryption Explained

Now, let’s take a closer look at each of these options in greater detail.

WEP is an old encryption standard, 64 and 128, indicate the length o the key. So if you can avoid this, always do as they are not very secure.

WPA is slightly more secure but WPA2 is leaps and bounds more secure. And you should always pick the AES encryption over TKIP whenever possible. The latter is known to be notoriously unsecure. The general rule is WPA2 over WPA and AES over its TKIP counterpart.

Most Secure Wi-Fi Protocol To Least

This it the recommended order of selection. The higher in the list it is, the more reliable and undoubtedly better choice it is with better encryption and a more secure protocol.

  1. WPA2-PSK (AES)
  2. WPA-PSK (AES)
  3. WPA2-PSK (TKIP)
  4. WPA-PSK (TKIP)
  5. WEP 128
  6. WEP 64

Back from the Land of the Dead

After a lenghty abscene I’m pleased to announce I will be returning to the blog in a big way.

Along with some technical posts, I’ll share some of my knowledge, tips, coupons and advice that I hope will be of value to my readers.

See you then!