Discover free phishing protection
Scammers want to steal your ID and data. Stop them.
It’s so easy to click a link in an email that’s supposedly from your bank. Learn how to protect yourself from phishing scams and identity theft with Avira Free Antivirus.
Don’t take the bait!
Scammers deploy creative methods to appear legitimate.
“Update Your PayPal account"
"Your eBay user account has been suspended!"
Phishing emails are fraudulent emails that look as if they come from a reliable company or person you know, such as PayPal, your bank, or a friend. They might contain a form for you to complete or include a link to a counterfeit web page, which looks just like the real deal.
On the website, you’re enticed to enter personal information such as a credit card number, PIN number, bank account details, an email address, and password. The fraudsters can then use this data to steal your money or ID, and even commit crimes in your name!
“You’ve been infected”
“Your PC is about to shut down!”
You’re browsing the internet when a small alert or ad appears. That’s a pop-up. Malicious pop-ups can be intrusive and difficult to close. They often look like they come from a trusted source (even Avira!) and contain fake warnings and a phone number or link for “help”.
“Call our IT experts now”
“Premier IT support for less!”
Scammers use paid search ads for their fake support services. These paid listings appear at the top of the results page and look very convincing. Yet when you click the ad, malware may be downloaded that can compromise your security and give scammers access to your personal data.
Fake URLs are easy to spot if you look out for them. But criminals are smarter than that:
Social engineering: Think you can always spot the difference? Try this: http://www.volksbank.com is real and http://www.voIksbank.com is fake. The lower-case “l” has been replaced with an upper case “i”.
Browser vulnerabilities: The fake website may contain a script to exploit your browser. In this case, the real URL is displayed, but the content of the web page is fake.
Pop-up browser windows: The link in the phishing email points to the real website, but another browser window is displayed in front of it. Look out for a missing address bar – that’s often the sign of a fake “window” covering a legitimate website.
Follow these tips to stay safe
Repairing the damage caused by phishing can be frustrating, time-consuming, and expensive. Following a few basic safety rules is much easier:
- Do not click any links or download any attachments in suspicious emails. Instead, open your web browser and go to the website by entering it in the address bar.
- Alternate Internet Explorer with other browsers.
- Use antivirus and firewall solutions, and keep them up to date.
- Always use a secure website (HTTPS) and check the digital certificates.
- check your accounts and statements regularly, and report any suspicious activity immediately.
- Report suspicious emails to security companies and local authorities.
- Send suspicious messages to Avira at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why choose phishing protection from Avira?
It’s part of our award-winning Avira Free Antivirus, so it’s technology you can truly trust for more than just phishing protection. Plus, it’s made in Germany and backed by our 30 years of expertise in securing your digital world.
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Looking for just our anti-phishing protection? Here it is!
You’ll find it in Avira Browser Safety. This free, discreet browser extension is available for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. It blocks infected pop-ups, stops phishing websites and prevents browser hijackings. It also detects unwanted apps in your downloads.
Please note: After installing your Avira protection, Browser Safety will appear in the Avira Launcher, but it still needs to be installed and activated manually!Find out more and download Avira Browser Safety here.