Cyber Security Awareness – “Phishing”

By Denise Monteleone

So what is phishing? In the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications pretending to be from popular social web sites such as (Youtube, Facebook, Myspace), auction sites (eBay), online banks (Teachers Federal Credit Union, Chase), online payment processors (PayPal), or IT Administrators (Yahoo, ISPs) are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting. Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose URL and look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.

Don't click links in e-mail or on web sites without verifying that the real link actually goes to the site you intend to visit. Also, do not open attachments unless you know and trust the sender.

For further information and examples see: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/phishing/identify.mspx

 

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