Phishing and how to avoid it
Phishing has emerged as one of the most potent forms of mass identity theft, and has proven to be a very effective way to trick sometimes millions of users at a time into revealing confidential information that can then be used to steal their identities.
Phishing attacks usually start as an email from what appears to be a legitimate and well-known company, often a bank or credit card company. Or it can come from someone who appears to be a friend or colleague. One study found more than 147,000 unique phishing web sites – or nearly 50,000 every month - between July and September of 2012. It also found more than 20,000 different phishing email scams in circulation in just the month of September 2012.