How to reject the phishing of your data

There's many ways to try to get a hold on other people's personal data and money. The criminals invent constantly new and trickier ways of phishing. Some of them target a large number of people at a time, while some of them are tailored to a certain person.  

You can avoid phishing by remebering these basic principles:  

  • The user ID's, the bank ID's, the personal data as well as any other personal information is not to be given to another person. You need these information when confirming your identity or logging in to different services, but no one else has an appropriate reason to ask you this data.  
  • Your operator, bank and other service providers don't ask your personal data by phone, text message or e-mail. 
  • The con men try to scare or upset you, because that makes you more vulnerable. That is why the phishing attempts usually include claims of danger or of a need to act immediately, or something that is unrealistically lucky. They might tell you that there's an urgent matter that needs to be taken care of right away or you will lose your bank account or your data service or something else very important. They might possible claim that by taking part to a lottery or replying an e-mail you will get a huge amount of money. 

The con men might approach you by phone, e-mail, text message and the requests in the Internet. 

Alone in December 2020 DNA prevented more than

700 000

phishing calls. They came from abroad but the numbers were disguised to look like Finnish phone numbers.

Tips and advice to support your privacy and data security

How to avoid phishing attempts

In this article you find tips to recognize and avoid phishing attempts. 

Tips to take care of the devices' data security

You can improve the data security of your own and your devices if you download the software updates immediately and use a unique and strong password in every service.  

Advice for victims of identity theft or data breaches

In case you became a victim of a fraud, please find here the Traficom's (Finnish Transport and Communications Agency)  NCSC's (National Cyber Security Centre) advice to help.