Phishing is a kind of fraud where the hacker tries to take credit card numbers and account number from you. Phishing on the internet has the same concept as fishing for fish. The hacker is the fisherman, and it disguises the hook that grabs the fish with bait to attract you.

For example, some hackers could disguise themselves as a notable company such as PayPal. They will ask for your email, username and password just as if you are creating an account. What you don’t know is that in the terms and conditions, they never stated that the “company” will keep your information private! The fake company will start to spam you with emails saying that they will give you promotions, free things, etc. When you click on the ad, malware will enter your computer and send you to a malicious website that will trick you into entering  your passwords.

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According to Search Security:

Phishing is popular with cybercriminals, as it is far easier to trick someone into clicking a malicious link in a seemingly legitimate email than trying to break through a computer’s defences. Although some phishing emails are poorly written and clearly fake, sophisticated cybercriminals employ the techniques of professional marketers to identify the most effective types of messages —  the phishing “hooks” that get the highest “open” or click through rate and the Facebook posts that generate the most likes. Phishing campaigns are often built around the year’s major events, holidays and anniversaries, or take advantage of breaking news stories, both true and fictitious.

How Do You Avoid Phishing?

Phishing is easy to get but also easy to remove. Here are some ways you can avoid the hassle of removing phishing and malware on your computer. 

  1. Identify Fake Logos –   Lots of the time when hackers fake being another company, they will have their logo on the website or at least a very close fake. For example, they might change the colours on the Burger King logo or slant the PayPal logo in a different way.

2. Phishing Speaks Every Language – Phishing can translate to any language, but not that well. If you suddenly see transactions in another language or written in poor English,          check your website to see if it is the legitimate thing.

Mentioned in Panda Security:

        Phishing knows no boundaries and can reach you in any language. In general, they’re poorly written or translated, so this may be another indicator that something is                  wrong.If you never you go to the Spanish website of your bank, why should your statements now be in this language?

      3. Check Your Accounts – Always check your accounts periodically to see if they are irregular purchases. Make sure there is no one else active on your account. If you see any                activity other than your purchases, you should ask your bank to cancel your credit card or bank account.

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It never hurts to check your bank accounts periodically to be aware of any irregularities in your online transactions.

 

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