What is Phishing?

What is the difference between Fishing and Phishing?
What is the difference between Fishing and Phishing?

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity.  Phishing emails may contain links or attachments that are infected with computer viruses, worms, spyware, and other malware — things which can severely compromise your ability to use your computer and can put your files and programs at risk.  Furthermore, they significantly impact your home or work network and could cause irreplaceable hare or loss of important information.

Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams

  • Think before clicking email and website links and never click a link that looks suspicious
  • Before clicking, hover over or long tap a link to display the true URL and see if it is linking to a reputable website
  • Instead of clicking, type website address in your browser to access sites directly
  • Be skeptical of messages that require \”immediate action\” or threaten that you will lose something
  • Do not open attachments you aren\’t expecting – especially ZIP files – and NEVER run .exe files
  • Avoid providing personal information over the phone, especially from an unsolicited call
  • Never send credit care or other sensitive information via email

Use common sense.  If it looks like spam, then it probably is spam.