If you accidentally clicked on a phishing link and entered confidential data on a malicious website, it doesn’t mean all hope is lost.
Although it’s distressing, you can still protect yourself and your personal information by following each of the steps we’ve outlined above, along with the following:
🔺 Immediately contact your bank
If you shared any financial information with a phishing site, get in touch with your credit card company or bank immediately.
Inform them of the security breach and ask them to monitor transactions or freeze your account entirely.
You may also want to set up a fraud alert with your creditors. This alerts major credit bureaus that your account may be compromised, and they will take additional steps to authenticate your identity before extending additional credit.
🔺 Report the phishing attempt
If you received a phishing link to your business email address, notify your IT team or manager immediately.
Your company likely has protocols in place for handling phishing links and will secure other devices connected to the same network.
If you received a phishing link to your personal email address, you can report the message to your email provider so they can block any more attempts from the same sender.
If you received a phishing email from a cybercriminal who pretends to be another person or impersonates a legitimate business, notify them so they are informed and can secure their devices to stop the phishing link or malware attack from spreading among their contact list and causing more harm.
How to Protect Your Device from a Phishing Attack with Certo
Certo AntiSpy (iPhone)
From proactive system checks and vulnerability scans to threat removal, Certo AntiSpy offers a comprehensive solution for your cybersecurity.
Here are some of the key benefits of Certo AntiSpy for iPhone:
Vulnerability scanning – Instead of waiting for a malicious file to put your security at risk, it’s better to proactively search for potential vulnerabilities. Certo AntiSpy’s scanning function identifies areas where your data may be at risk, which enables you to take action before harm occurs.
Spyware detection – With Certo AntiSpy, you can detect apps that might be covertly snooping on your calls, texts, and other personal information, which provides peace of mind that your communications remain confidential.
Advanced threat detection – As technology evolves, online threats become more sophisticated. Certo AntiSpy’s advanced threat detection capabilities ensure that even the most modern hacking attempts are identified.
App permissions review – With so many apps available, it’s hard to keep track of which ones have access to what features. Certo AntiSpy allows you to review your app permissions by showing you which apps can access your microphone, camera, or location.
Fig 3. Certo AntiSpy for iPhone.
Certo Mobile Security (Android)
Protecting your Android device isn’t just about keeping it from falling into the wrong hands; it’s about safeguarding your personal data, communications, and digital life.
Here’s how Certo Mobile Security can safeguard your sensitive information:
Spyware detection – Malicious apps may secretly monitor your calls, messages, and private data—but you can guarantee the privacy of your communications with Certo Mobile Security for Android.
Threat removal – Identifying threats is only half the battle. Being able to quickly and efficiently remove them is equally important. Certo Mobile Security for Android not only detects threats but also assists in their removal, which ensures your device is protected against cyberthreats.
System adviser – One of the first lines of defense against malware is to understand the state of your phone’s operating system. Certo analyzes your OS for signs of tampering and provides guidance on how to maintain optimal device security.
Intruder detection – Check if your device is moved when you’re not around or catch someone trying to figure out your PIN. Your phone will also be able to take a secret picture of the person or stop them with an alarm.
Fig 4. Certo Mobile Security for Android.
The Final Word
Falling victim to a phishing scam can turn your sense of security and safety upside down in an instant—but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless.
There are numerous steps you can take to protect your private data, even if you’ve already clicked on a suspicious link.
But, when it comes to online security, proactive prevention is always best.