What is Phishing? Don’t get caught!


phishing

You may have heard the term Phishing and thought I love fishing but wait…. Phishing is a serious risk to you and your security.  Wikipedia provides the following definition for Phishing.

phish·ing
ˈfiSHiNG/
noun
  1. the activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by posing as a legitimate company.

That’s sound bad but what are some examples of phishing so I know what to watch out for?

I will provide a real world example.  Today I received an email from “American Express” stating that they were updating some terms of service items with my credit card and need me to acknowledge the change.  There is only one problem.  I dont have an american express card.  I followed the link to see what they were talking about and realized that they had created a website that virtually mirrored the “real” american express website and were requesting me to login.  Had I actually had an american express account i may not have been so skeptical and mistakenly provided my account information.

The moral of the story is be very careful about  email that is sent to you asking you to login to anything that you haven’t requested specifially only a few moments ago.

Another form of Phising is when you receive a phone call from an individual that is posing as a company you most likely use service for such as a cable company.  The person on the phone will ask you to verify your account by providing the last 4 digits of your social security number.  Do not give it to them.  They will use this information to gain access to other information about you.

Do not login to a website from a link provided in an email.  Go directly to the website yourself and login.  Dont provide any personal information to someone that calls you.  You call them.

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