It’s as easy for hackers to phish out your personal data as it is to sit in a canoe on a still pond, cast the bait and wait for the fish to bite.
A type of phishing scam is to lure the user onto a malicious website. ZeuS (Zbot) is such an example, planted on websites; visit that site and it will download a virus to your device that will steal your online banking information, then forward it to a remote server, where the thief will obtain it. Very clever.
But that ingenuity is contingent on someone being gullible enough to open a phishing e-mail, and then taking that gullibility one step further by clicking on the link to the malicious site.
10 Phishing Alerts
- An unfamiliar e-mail or sender. If it’s earth-shaking news, you’ll probably be notified in person or via a voice phone call.
- An e-mail that requests personal information, particularly financial. If the message contains the name and logo of the business’s bank, phone the bank and inquire about the e-mail.
- An e-mail requesting credit card information, a password, username, etc.
- A subject line that’s of an urgent nature, particularly if it concludes with an exclamation point.
- Keep the computer browser up-to-date.
- If a form inside an e-mail requests personal information, enter “delete” to chuck the e-mail.
- The most up-to-date versions of Chrome, IE and Firefox offer optional anti-phishing protection.
- Check out special toolbars that can be installed in a web browser to help guard the user from malicious sites; this toolbar provides fast alerts when it detects a fraudulent site.
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