Phishing

What is Phishing?

Phishing scams occur when fraudulent emails are sent asking you to disclose personal information. These emails are designed to look like they are coming from legitimate companies like well-known banks or retailers. The emails often direct you to a fake website where you are asked to divulge personal information such as a username and password. Your personal details can then be used to transfer money from your accounts, or even forIdentity Theft.

How to spot phishing mails

Phishing emails often appear to come from websites and companies you trust. They can include company logos and links that may appear to go to the company's real website. If a mail asks you to Verify your account, Respond within 48 hours or your account will be closed or Click the link below to gain access to your account, it is more than likely a phishing attempt. Legitimate businesses should not ask for sensitive information via email.

How to spot phishing mails

Phishing scams are getting more and more sophisticated, so it's important to be careful at all times. Here are some tips to keep you safe:

  • Use an anti-phishing toolbar. These are included in many of the common web browsers.

  • Keep your Anti-Virus software up to date

  • Always look for https and a pad-lock in the browser window

  • Check a website's security certificate before entering personal details

  • Don't respond to unsolicited emails asking for personal information

  • Be careful when clicking on links in emails. They could be taking you to a fake website

You can protect yourself from phishing by using the following methods:

  • Use an anti-phishing toolbar. Anti-phishing toolbars are included in many of the common Web Browsers.

  • Keep your Anti-Virus software up to date and carry out eir's FREE PC HealthCheck to make sure it's running ok.

  • Never respond to any unsolicited email or phone calls requiring personal information.

  • Ensure that any website requiring confidential information is using a secure connection. Always look for https and a pad-lock in the browser window and pay attention to error messages that the browser gives when it says a site cannot be trusted.