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Phishing 101: How Not to Get Hooked - BlogHer (blog)

You’d think that it would be as easy as pie to avoid getting reeled in by aphishingscam. After all, all you need to do is avoid clicking on a link inside an email or text message. How easy isthat?

A phishing scam is a message sent by a cybercriminal to get you to click on a link or open an attachment. Clicking on the link or attachment downloads avirus, or takes you to a malicious website (that often looks like real site).

You are then tricked into entering user names, passwords and other sensitive account information on the website that the scammer then uses to take your money, steal your identity or impersonate you.

Intel Security recently designed a quiz to help people identify a phishing email. Sometimes they’re so obvious; for example, they say “Dear Customer” instead of your actual name, and there are typos in the message. Another tip-off is an unrealistic “threat” of action, such as closing down your account simply because you didn’t update your information. Some...(continued)

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