Phishing is when someone uses a fake email address, phone number, or social media account to trick you into giving away sensitive information like passwords and credit card numbers.
This article discusses Dashlane's Phishing Prevention feature, which warns you when you visit a website that we think is part of a phishing scam. We also talk about steps you can take to protect yourself from phishing.
How can I spot a phishing attack?
Spotting a phishing attack can be difficult because phishers try to disguise themselves as trusted sources.
You might get a message that looks like it's from a friend or your bank. Phishers sometimes create an email address that's almost the same as the real email address of someone you trust. For example, you might get an email from email@example.com instead of an official Dashlane address like firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some phishing messages ask you to click a link to update your account information, verify a purchase, or reset your password. But the link leads to a fake website that looks like the real one. Scammers get access to any personal information you enter on the site.
Scammers might also ask you to download an attachment disguised as an invoice or an update to an app. But the attachment contains a program that gives the scammer access to information stored on your computer.
Other scams simply ask you to respond with your account details or credit card info.
Read our blog on why we'll never ask for login information in an email
How Phishing Prevention works
Dashlane Phishing Prevention works in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera browsers.
While everyone should be careful to protect themselves from phishing, Dashlane Phishing Prevention works to alert our customers about potential scams. We look actively for fake websites that are designed to look like the Dashlane website. If you ever click on a link for one of these scam websites, we send you to a warning page instead.
On the warning page, select the checkbox, and we'll automatically redirect you to our app if you ever click the same link again. Select Go to Dashlane to go immediately to the web app. You can also select the link to our blog to find resources for avoiding future scams.
Note: Phishing Prevention only works after you install the Dashlane extension in your browser and log in at least once. When you install the extension and log in, you download a list of websites we suspect are part of a scam. That way, we can warn you if you open any of these sites—even if you're not logged in to Dashlane.
We're always looking for new phishing scams and ready to add to the list of fake websites that redirect to our anti-phishing page. If you think you've been the target of a new phishing scam, contact us and share the website.
Phishing Prevention for Dashlane Starter, Team, and Business plans
We know admins of Dashlane Starter, Team, and Business plan are especially concerned about the dangers of phishing. Phishing Prevention can help protect your organization from data breaches, malware attacks, and even financial losses.
We notify your employees right away when they visit a website that we suspect is part of a scam. That way, we prevent them from sharing sensitive information with people who want to harm your organization.
Want to know more about protecting your workplace from phishing scams?
What you can do to prevent phishing
Phishing emails look like official emails or real messages from someone you know. So sometimes phishing is hard to spot. But you can protect yourself in several ways whenever you open an email.
Be wary of requests for personal information: Official organizations usually don't ask for information like passwords or social security numbers over email. Dashlane will never ask for this information in an email.
Check the sender's address: Phishers try to create email addresses similar to those of trusted sources, like banks or password managers. If you receive a message from Dashlane, make sure the sender is a Dashlane employee or one of these official email addresses:
Look for urgent or threatening language: Phishing emails use urgent language to get you to take immediate action. For example, they may claim your account will be closed unless you act immediately.
Look carefully at links and attachments: Make sure you know the email is legitimate before opening any links or attachments. Check links to make sure they go to the exact address of a real website.
Check the web address before entering your login details online: Only enter your Dashlane Master Password on our website. Log in through the Dashlane extension or go to dashlane.com and select Log in.
If you have any doubts or questions, contact Customer Support.
More steps to keep your account secure
2-factor authentication (2FA) is an added layer of prevention against phishing. Even if scammers have your login details, they can't get into your accounts without access to your mobile device when you have 2FA turned on.
If you think your Dashlane Master Password or individual passwords have been stolen by scammers, change any affected logins as soon as possible.
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