In today’s world, one of the easiest ways of being hacked is by phishing. Phishing refers to the method of using misleading emails and websites to gather personal and confidential information about another person or organization. Phishing is a highly sophisticated cyber-attack that is becoming increasingly popular among hackers and affecting anyone who mistakes a deceptive email for a legitimate one.
Essentially, the way phishing works is an attacker would send you an email or creates a website that appears to be a legitimate site, a site you would click on or trust with your information. As a result, by you providing your information by responding to the email or entering your information on the website, you have now given your information to the attacker.
Fortunately, technology has advanced, just as fast as hackers have, with the concept of Dual Authentication. This type of authentication is widely accessible, and you may have already seen or used it when accessing your online bank statements, bills, etc. Dual Authentication works by having you enter a one-time passcode into the account you are trying to access after you enter your login credentials. This code is usually sent via email, text, or through an app to ensure that you and only you can access your account.
This method has become so compelling that companies like Google has managed to keep 85,000 employees free from any phishing attacks. Dual Authentication has changed the way people access their confidential information, making it more secure and making them more aware of which emails are legitimate vs. deceptive.