What is pharming?

Have you ever been redirected to a fake website that was similar to the genuine website that you were trying to access even when you provided the correct URL in the browser? If yes, you have been a victim of pharming.


Pharming is also performed by installing malicious software on your digital devices by changing the hosts file so that users are redirected to a fraudulent website. The fraudulent website usually resembles the legitimate site and will request user’s personal information, such as the username and password or PIN.

Example: You want to access wisedatasecurity.com and you have typed the URL correctly in the browser. At this time, a hacker who is involved in pharming will modify the DNS and redirect you to a different server that hosts the fake website that appears similar to wisedatasecurity.com.

How to protect?
To effectively combat pharming, you should employ anti-pharming techniques. Some of the techniques are listed here:
Use secure websites: Ensure that the websites used for sensitive and confidential transactions, such as banking, are secure websites.
Tip: The URL of secure websites will start with “https” instead of “http”.
Use trusted SSL certificates: Ensure that the SSL certificate is issued by a trusted source.
Configure relevant browser plugins and add-ons: Ensure relevant add-ons and plugins are configured with your browser so that fake or fraudulent websites are detected and alerted when you access these websites.
Stay updated: To safeguard yourself, ensure that you have relevant information about the latest security threats in the cyber world. For this, visit www.wisedatasecurity.com and subscribe for latest technical information.

Tip: DNS is a system that is used to resolve a website name, such as www.google.com, into machine-readable IP addresses, such as This enables each Internet user to easily use the services provided by the complex Internet systems.

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