Sunday, February 12, 2012

What is Phishing?

Phishing is an attempt to steal your personal information. It uses email to steal your personal data like bank account password, credit card information etc.

Phishing emails generally looks like they are sent by well-known organizations and it will ask for your personal information. These emails will always tell you to click a link that takes you to a website where your personal information is requested.

When you enter your login details or credit card information on this website it will immediately reach to the internet criminal or hacker who has sent you the email. Now these criminals or hackers can use your personal details to steal money from your bank account or can use your identity to open new accounts in your name.

How to protect yourself from phishing?

You can do the following to protect yourself from phishing:
  • Type website addresses into your browser or use your personal bookmarks. Never click on a link provided in the email
  • Check the website URL and security certificate before entering your personal or financial information
  • Don't enter personal or financial information into pop-up windows
  • Keep your computers anti-virus software current with the latest security updates
  • Legitimate organizations will never request this information via email
  • Avoid accessing bank accounts or online shopping from cyber cafes or shared PCs
  • Change your password at regular intervals
  • Scan your computer regularly to ensure that it is Virus/Trojan/Malware free

We wish you safe computing!