Phising ? a new threat of identity theft
Posted by Avijit on August 30th, 2010Well, before you start reading, you must know ? ?What is Phising?? and how does it works? The answer is - Phishing is the process of attempt to acquire sensitive information like username, password, & credit card details by masquerading as trustworthy entity in an E- communication. Phishing is the type of the part of hacking. Communication purporting to be from popular websites, online payment system or any types of online transaction is commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public.
Phishing technology is used through Electronic mail or instant messaging & it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look & feel are almost identical to the legitimate any one. Phishing is a social engineering techniques used to fool any user. Phishing is used to hack financial information & password or some sensitive information. Here is a phishing example is - You receive a very important official email that appears to originate from a legitimate source like a Bank, eBay or PayPal a major retailer or some other type of well known entity. In the mail it tells you that something bad is about to happen unless you act quickly. Generally it tells you that your account is get closed, that someone appears to have stolen your identity. In order to straighten everything out you need to click a link in the email & provide some basic information so they can verify your identity & then give to you additional so you can help get everything cleared up.
Once you give up your information to hacker then it?s all over but the crying. Hacker getting your account information, these cyber hacker can empty your bank account, deplete you eBay or PayPal accounts run up your account credit balances, open new accounts assume your identity & much worse.To avoid any unsecured item & protect your identity if you receive an email that looks legitimate & you want to respond Stop Wait & think when you know the link is not harmful than you proceed.
Here are some best practices - using those techniques, you can avoid Phising -
- Never click any link provided in the mail.
- Make sure you?re Antivirus, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Malware; firewall protection is up to date.
- Check web sites, all major financial web sites has SSL facilities, means the host their web site in https, instead of http.
- Do not click any e-mail links, instead of clicking; just hover your mouse over the link to justify the proper link.
A better think to do is to forward such scammers to the company involved so that they can take legal action against those malacious hackers.
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