Top Phishing Threats Affecting You
Phishing threats affect us all. The first rule of thumb in protecting against this is to never give out your details over the web or a telephone, unless you are certain you are communicating with a genuine organization.
Because phishers can create emails and websites that look like the real thing, it is easy to be fooled into submitting your logon information, password and other security codes into a fake website.
Here is a list of some of the top phishing threats that might affect you:
Amazon – as of July 2009, Amazon was the top brand to be exploited by phishers.
Facebook – users of the popular social networking site are subject to threats both within Facebook and via email. Using the services security settings you can reduce the threat from phishing attacks by making your contact and email details private.
eBay – the popular auction site is another big name that is often mimicked in order to gain personal information.
HSBC, Santander, CommonWealth Bank – customers of these large international banks have also been the subject of phishing scams.
You might have noticed that some of these sites are very popular. Phishers use tools to “mine" email addresses and other contact details wherever possible in order to draw you into their scam. Awareness of these methods is the first step in protecting yourself from the threat.
Protection from phishers can also be acquired by regularly updating your security software in order to prevent you from innocently submitting information to top phishing threats. If you use a desktop email client and your security software doesn’t have any inbox protection, you should consider a specialist application to protect your emails. Check out The Best 5 Anti-Phishing Plugins for more ideas on how to reduce the threat of phishing.