Pharming – What is it and How Can you Dodge it?

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If someday you intend to go to a mall but end up in a fish market, then that’s a case of bad directional sense. In the digital world, however, we call it pharming!

How Does Pharming Work?

Phishing is an online fraud where a scammer sends fraudulent emails to the targeted victim. The emails pose as genuine communication from a trusted enterprise such as a bank. The aim of these emails is to trick the victim into visiting a fake website and giving out sensitive information like bank account details.

Now, phishing has a sneakier cousin called pharming; it is more difficult to detect and is a greater threat to a person’s identity and their financial assets. Unlike phishing, it does not use a lure such as emails, but secretly redirects the victim to a fake website, even if they have manually typed in the genuine web address. In most cases, the fake website is designed to look like the legitimate one, for example a bank’s website. And if the user falls for it, then they might give away their confidential personal or bank account details, which would be then exploited by the scammer.

To execute pharming, a pharmer may either compromise your computer by installing malicious software in it, or by infecting the server connected to your computer.

Tips to Protect Yourself from Pharming

 1. Whenever you visit a banking or e-commerce website, look for a “locked padlock” icon somewhere in the window of the browser, and ensure that the site’s URL begins with “https”. Presence of these two elements signify that you are on a secured website.

2. It is also crucial to ensure that the website has a valid certificate of authority by a trusted service like VeriSign, Inc., Entrust, Inc., GeoTrust, Inc., etc. The certificate must display the correct name of the website you are in. You can check this certificate by clicking on the “padlock” icon in the browser’s address bar, as you can see in the screenshots below.

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On Mozilla Firefox

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On Internet Explorer

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On Google Chrome

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3. After you land on a website, check its URL. For instance, if you type in “www.google.com” and land up on the Google homepage but with a URL “www.goglee.com”, then suspect it as a pharming activity. Do not go any further.

4. Note that, pharming websites usually ask for “extra” information. For instance, if your bank’s website requests for your user id, password, ATM pin, debit card number, transaction password, etc. all at once, then it is most likely to be a pharming site.

5. Keep a close track of your bank statements every month.

6. Use multilayer protection for your computer, and always keep the security software up to date. Also, use the latest version of your browser, as they come with fixes for recently detected security vulnerabilities.

7. Keep yourself updated about the latest security threats and updates.

Although pharming is not as old or common as phishing, it provides a bigger avenue for cyber criminals to target their victims. Quick Heal security solutions provide extensive protection against phishing, pharming and several other cyber security threats, across desktop and mobile platforms.

Rajiv Singha

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Rituraj Mishra
Rituraj Mishra
7 years ago

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krishnan
krishnan
7 years ago

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RAGHUNANDAN
RAGHUNANDAN
7 years ago

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Anil Kumar Sharaf
Anil Kumar Sharaf
7 years ago

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Ashutosh
Ashutosh
7 years ago

Thanx For The Tips

Prabhat Singh
Prabhat Singh
7 years ago

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7 years ago

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Balram Bhade
7 years ago

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Suresh Seshan
Suresh Seshan
7 years ago

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vijay
vijay
7 years ago

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Anil Gupta
Anil Gupta
7 years ago

Thank you so much for providing such a informative article in a simple language.

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D.avinash
7 years ago

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Sajjad Quraishi
Sajjad Quraishi
7 years ago

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MUKESH COMMUNICATION
7 years ago

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Dhwanil
7 years ago

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saroj kumar rout
7 years ago

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Madhukar Sukul
7 years ago

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Manas
7 years ago

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Anupam
Anupam
7 years ago

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R Lakshmi Narayana
R Lakshmi Narayana
7 years ago

Thank you for sharing this useful information. We should be cautious about such transactions in net browsing.

Manish Shah
Manish Shah
7 years ago

Thank you.

Ramesh Gupta
Ramesh Gupta
7 years ago

Thanks!, This is a very useful information.

Mohan
Mohan
7 years ago

Thank u for the information
Mohan

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7 years ago

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Shimul Mondal
7 years ago

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Jeet Saini
Jeet Saini
7 years ago

Really very valuable information

Jeet Saini
Jeet Saini
7 years ago

Really very valuable information.

patrick
patrick
7 years ago

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7 years ago
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Jai Dhabalia
Jai Dhabalia
7 years ago

Thank u very much for this useful info. & tips. It can help a lot..

Subrata Sengupta
Subrata Sengupta
7 years ago

These are important warnings for the many
‘hit and try’ internet users like us.
Thank you indeed, Rajib.

Haresh
Haresh
7 years ago

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lizd Wood
7 years ago

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mangesh
7 years ago

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Rajesh Yadav
7 years ago

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