Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Beware of Phishing

Phishing is an online fraud where you will get fake emails asking you to disclose your credentials. Most often you will be redirected to a fake website on which you will be asked to enter important information like email ids, passwords, bank account numbers, credit/debit card numbers, etc. The fake website will be designed skillfully that it is not possible for an average customer to spot the difference. There has been an increase in phishing scams in recent years. Some banks have fallen prey to the nuisance of phishing. Recently microsoft's hotmail accounts were hacked and the passwords were published publicly on the internet. The victims had been asked to login to a fake page and their credentials were stolen. There are instances where even income tax department websites are feigned by hackers and fake emails being sent to tax payers to login. It is always a good practice to keep changing passwords of important accounts often and not responding to unsolicited and anonymous emails claiming that you have won prizes or anything related to money transfer.

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