Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Phishing is a way of attempting to get sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public. Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail spoofing or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques used to deceive users, and exploits the poor usability of current web security technologies. Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation, user training, public awareness, and technical security measures.

How to Avoid "Phishing"

The best advice that I can give you is that if you ever get an E-mail message from your bank, your ISP, PayPal, EBay, Amazon,Gmail,Facebook, etc., read the note over several times. Odds are that the note will appear legitimate, but you need to look for something fishy (no pun intended). For example, does the note have misspellings or bad grammar? Is this the first message that you have ever gotten from the company? Does the company even have your E-mail address on file? If you have any suspicions at all about the message, then the message is probably illegitimate.

Other precautionary steps that you can take are to review your bank statements and credit card statements regularly to make sure that no one is stealing from you or making purchases in your name.

And lastly change your password twice in a month.

Remember !!! Better Safe Than Sorry !!!