Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tips To Prevent Phishing

What is Phishing?

Phishing (pronounced as 'fishing') is an attempt at fraud based on theft of the identity of a trusted person or organization, for the purpose of stealing personal information.Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail or instant messaging and it often directs users to enter details at a website. Common techniques include receiving email with links to the fraud website, which looks similar to the real website, and asking users to enter usernames and passwords.

The usernames and passwords will be captured and used for fraudulent and malicious purposes. In addition, there is also phone-phishing technique, in which critical information is revealed over the phone.Phishers may also use spyware and other malicious code unknowingly installed in your computer to retrieve such information.

Tips to prevent phishing
1.Do not click on the link given by emails if you do not know the sender

2. Check the URL or address of the website to confirm it is a legitimate website. If in doubt, please call the customer care or helpdesk of the relevant website.

3. Should you receive any call from unknown and unverified sources, please dismiss the call and get clarifications from the service provider by calling the customer care or yr helpdesk.

4. Be extra careful of pop-up warnings that appear while you're surfing the Web. Unscrupulous companies use pop-up advertisements to display false warnings about your computer. Do NOT click any button in these pop-ups.Doing so might install a virus or other malicious software on your computer.

5. Make a point to 'bookmark' the websites that you use most and use those bookmarks to access the sites for transaction

Take care .

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