Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Phishing is an immense thing in computer security. Wikipedia defines Phishing as a process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Popular websites such as online shopping websites, financial websites and social websites. How the process works is that e-mails or instant messages are sent to ones e-mail account asking to enter confidential information into the required fields they provide. Once the information is entered into the fields, it gathers the confidential information that one has entered and uses it for invasive and illegal activites. Please note that there are several types of phishing however, this is the most common method of luring people to provide information.

There are various methods to prevent or stop phishing from happening. Users could make sure that the internet browsers they are using do have anti-phishing measures. There is an approach which involves switching to a DNS service that filters out phishing domains. There are various bank websites that allow you to select a personal image and use this image any time they ask for a password or any other confidential information. Users can elimate phishing e-mails by having spam filters in the e-mail providers. If a user gets a pop up message prompting personal information to be entered, nothing should be entered. Some people also send e-mails asking users to contact a phone number updating personal information. This is also a part of phishing. It is very hard to avoide phishing totally however, it can be watched accurately. It is necessary to use and update all anti-virus software and anti-spy software, as well as firewall. Some phishing e-mails can harm a users computer and track their activities. It is obvious that even if users to everything they can to avoide phishing from occuring, something is bound to get through when leaste expected. For this reason before entering any data into a website, be sure it is leginimate and accurate.

One wishes that we could avoide websites for our banking and other needs however, the truth is it is very convenient and that’s what phishers take advantage of. The best think to do is just be smart.

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