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What is Phishing and how to identify Phishing Attacks

Phishing (pronounced fishing) is a process which entices you to give out personal information by using electronic communication technique such as emails, masquerading to be from a legitimate source. Phishing is one of the fastest rising online crime method used for stealing personal information.

What is Phishing

Basically, a phishing email attempts to obtain valuable information such as your

The stolen information could be used for carrying out identity thefts or stealing money from your bank account. Identity theft means that the cracker could disguise as the one whose information he has obtained and carry out various activities in their name.

Common types of Phishing

Phishing is carried out via various means. The most common ones are through emails, websites, and over the telephone.

Characteristics of Phishing attacks

Following are some of the characteristics generally associated with a Phishing email or website.

NB: To see the URL, just hover your mouse over the link (but don’t click), and the link will be displayed.

Read: Precautions to take before you click on any link.

Thumb rules to stay safe from Phishing

Most computer users and Internet surfers are by now aware of Phishing and its variants Spear Phishing, Tabnabbing, Whaling, and Tabjacking. But are you aware of Vishing and Smishing scams?

Can you spot Phishing attacks? Do you know how to avoid Phishing scam? Take this test by SonicWall and test your skills Let us know how well you fared!