Password Spoofing and How login passwords are stolen

Password Spoofing also-known-as login spoofing is one of the most common practices used by the attackers to steal your password. Spoofing is an attack where the invaders successfully falsify the login page of any website and convince you to give your passwords unsuspectingly. These fake login pages look legitimate and valid and thus users unknowingly share their login credentials. Once you enter your details on the spoofed page, the attacker has it.

Password Spoofing

You may get these spoofed web pages via some pop-up window or via email too. The spoofed web pages are so similar to the original web page that it can mislead anyone. The traffic between your web browser and the spoofed page are sent by the spoofers which help them collect your personal details like contact numbers, account numbers, CC numbers as well as the password.

Spoofing nowadays is very common and can be done by anyone having a control over your network’s configuration settings. He can just create a spoofed page of any website by modifying the DNS configurations, redirect you there and get your passwords.

How to avoid Password Spoofing

So, no matter how strong your password it, password spoofing can anyways convince you to share the same. So, what can we do to avoid these spoofing attacks and save our data from these spoofers?

  1. First and foremost, avoid using any random public WiFi connections, specifically the free internet connections at railway stations and airports. Connect only to the networks you trust. Remember that the attackers can set up an access point and name it as Free Wifi to allure you and then plan such spoofing attacks to steal your sensitive data.
  2. Secondly, it is very important to recognize the spoofs. Email spoofs are quite easy to recognize if you are watchful. Any suspicious email which asks for your login credentials can be a spoof because no legitimate website will ever ask your username and passwords via email. So, do not reply to any such suspicious emails. Never ever share your passwords with anyone.
  3. Enable Enhanced Anti-spoofing feature in Windows 10.
  4. Take the browser warnings seriously. If your web browser is giving you a warning error about invalid certificates of a particular website, do not visit that website. Remember that legitimate websites have all their certificates very well configured.
  5. Lastly, what you can do is to be watchful to any bizarre behavior. Use ‘forgot password ‘in case you are facing any difficulty in logging into your account.

So, basically staying careful is the best option to avoid the spoofing attacks, but there is another simple way which can help you to stay safe.

  • Avoid using same passwords for different accounts.
  • Create a strong password always.
  • Use a good anti-virus software on your PC.
  • Never click on any suspicious links arriving in your email.

Stay safe! Stay alert!

Read next: What is Email Spoofing & how to protect yourself & stay safe.

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