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What is Phishing and how can I protect myself?

Phishing is a word that is thrown around a lot, and while you may have been able to glean what it means, do you really? Phishing is sometimes referred to as spoofing, hoaxing or social engineering – all are correct. It’s a numbers game, phishers use direct messaging, email and popups to spam the masses in the hopes that a percentage of them will fall for the scam. You also might have heard of Spear Phishing, a more targeted form of phishing.

How to Spot Phishing Attacks

Phishing Attacks scams typically present themselves as legitimate websites, reaching out to get you to update your personal or account information. Keep an eye out for banks, universities, and other reputable sources that house a lot of your valuable information. The cyber-criminal will use one of these to : a) try to get you to disclose sensitive personal information, such as passwords, bank info, credit card numbers etc b) to accidentally download a virus which will ultimately install spyware, use your computer to send mass amounts of spam email to your contacts or steal personal information stored within it.

How to Avoid Falling Victim to phishing

Always be wary of an email, message or pop up from a reputable company asking you for personal information. Keep your wits about you, and double check such emails for funny looking logo’s, typo’s, sender’s email address etc, anything that looks a bit off, probably is. Never click on a link contained in these emails, immediately delete the email without responding or sharing any personal information.

Additional Help

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Filed under: Internet Threats

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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