Phishing is a way to trick computer and Internet users into revealing personal and financial information through a fraudulent email or website. The content of a phishing e-mail usually looks like an official notice from a bank, credit card issuer or trusted online merchant. In the email message, computer users are directed to a fraudulent website where they are asked to provide personal details, such as thei username, account number or password. Some email messages will ask the recipient of the email to respond to the message with personal information, such as their birthday, email or postal address, full name, credit card number and so on. Anyone who responds to the email or enters their personal information on the fraudulent website is a victim of a phishing attempt. The personal information gathered by phishers is usually used for identity theft.
Scammers will also try to use the name of popular services or products to trick people in providing personal information, such as web-based email and social networking services, government or hospital services for example. Some fraudsters will even use phishing e-mail message to trick computer users in downloading or installing malicious software, such as fake antivirus and rogue anti-spyware programs.
There are plenty of tools that can help protect from phishing scams. Most browsers and e-mail programs provide anti-phishing protection. It’s recommended to double-check the status of the fraud and malware protection feature in browsers and e-mail clients to block the loading of fraudulent websites and blocking the images and links of the email message.
Below are some great articles, tips and user’s guide to prevent phishing attempts. In these articles you’ll learn about the dangers of phishing and common phishing techniques.