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Phishing -Get Yourself Protected From Being Phished

Phising is the most difficult item to trace, and the most complex.

It is a two part procedure:

1) A site is hacked and a 'phishing' page set up...it is supposed to look identical to a Bank, or PayPal, or a credit card institution's main page.

2) Another site (typically on another server) is again exploited, this time for spamming purposes.

The spam will typically direct you to the phishing page, where the victims type in their information, and are kicked out.

From there it's a matter of cleaning out bank accounts and getting the money where it can't be taken back.

The hard part is there are dozens of phishing central sites and the phishing/spamming sites are blocked or filtered when users report such links found phishing.

A phishing link will usually try to direct you to a fraudulent website that mimics the appearance of a popular website or company. The spoof website will request your personal information, such as credit card number, Social Security number, or account password.
You think you are giving information to a trusted company when, in fact, you are supplying it to an online criminal.

Deceptive URLs.
Be cautious. Some fraudsters will insert a fake browser address bar over the real one, making it appear that you’re on a legitimate website

Make sure there is a secure lock icon in the status bar at the bottom of the browser window. Many fake sites will put this icon inside the window to deceive you.

What You Can Do

1) Pass this info through emails and chat services
2) Post on every Blog/Bulletin board the sites that are hacked so they get taken care of.
3) Post HERE what you find.
4) Report it to Anti-Phishing Working Group

All the popular browsers like Mozilla Firefox , Opera ,Internet Explorer have got protection against the reported and known phishing links.

You can test your browser security from here


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