Phishing and social hacking are the most wide spread methods of hacking nowadays. Social hacking can be used to trick web users into revealing confidential data. Hackers can create clones of popular websites or pose as support center executives asking for usernames and passwords. Thousands of twitter, facebook, email and rapidshare file sharing accounts get hacked everyday using these methods. Protection from social hacking needs a lot of awareness. However Phishing attacks can be easily detected using some tools available both online and on desktop. Here I will talk about two such tools which are both effective and free to use.
Phishing Protection on Desktop
Using a free antivirus software may not help you every time as their functionality is limited, but for this purpose AVG Link scanner can be helpful. It is a small application that checks every web URL just as you click them. It not only scans a single website but also every link you click within the website. This not only protects you from submitting your private data to unreliable sites but also helps in stopping new viruses from entering your computer as internet is the major source of virus.
Link scanner works in real time scanning every links without taking toll on your system resources. It provides detailed information on every link it scans at the end with a tick or a cross. You can click on these icons to get detailed information about the site.
It is an easy to use application, only thing that you have to do is install it. Though AVG claims that link scanner works parallel to your antivirus software, it failed with Microsoft Security Essentials in my case.
Check Web URL Online
If you do not want to install any desktop application for link scanning on your system or you are on a system that does not have one then the only option left for you is checking the link online. Urlvoid.com is such a useful site that can help you at times when you are option less and cannot risk your security.
It provides a detailed analysis on the entered URL and scans it with Web Of Trust (WOT), McAfee SiteAdvisor, Google Diagnostic and Norton SafeWeb to ensure it’s safety. It also provides additional features like checking Alexa rank, reputation and DNS information, IP address of the entered URL.
Both the methods above are equally helpful in ensuring safety of any URL you visit. It’s always better to take prevention if you are not sure about the place you are visiting and not much confident on the free antivirus software you use. None of us will ever want to loose our private information to insecure hands.