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What Does `phishing` Mean?

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If you say this out loud it sounds like fishing, but in fact it is something that relates to fraud over the internet. Internet fraud has been a big problem over the years and it is on the increase making it a very daunting thing for many customers who order goods on the internet. More and more companies are constantly looking for new methods to increase security through software and websites to try and stop this. The problem is that fraudsters are also finding new ways to beat any flaws that are there in the websites and software at the same time. You may have come across certain software such as internet browsers with options that can deal with phishing, so it is always a good idea to allow things like this to run.
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Phishing is an e-mail fraud method in which the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking email in an attempt to gather personal and financial information from recipients. Typically, the messages appear to come from well known and trustworthy Web sites. Web sites that are frequently spoofed by phishers

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A basic phishing attack attempts to trick a user into entering personal details or other confidential information. They usually cast a wide net and hope that some unsuspecting users get tangled in it. For instance, a phishing email is one of the most commonly used ways to trick people into the trap. The phishing attempt can come from a company which seems absolutely reliable and an actual company but is instead not coming from the company like Google it claims to be.

Accidentally opening a phishing email or a phishing website is not the end of the world. Unless you give the website your login credentials or other private information, there isn’t much the scammers can do. If you accidentally download an attachment in an email or download something from a webpage, there is a chance your computer might get infected with malware, such as a computer virus or a spyware, which will track your internet activities on your computer.

To identify and prevent phishing, you can read on How to Spot and Avoid Phishing Scams

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