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Phishing and You

Phishing
Phishing (pronounced fishing), is it a bad thing? The answer is a resounding yes, and just about everyone is at risk of losing vital information to phishing including your credit card information, banking information, online account information, and more. In this brief article you will get a basic explanation of what phishing is, why it is dangerous, and a few tips to help protect yourself.
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What is Phishing?
Phishing is an attempt at tricking someone into giving away their private information through electronic communication by pretending to be from a trustworthy organization. Phishing is a homophone of fishing. This is because both of them use bait to attract and catch prey. There are many ways phishing can be accomplished, and the use of it has been growing incredibly fast since it first started. With 12,845 unique phishing reports in January 2005 up to 229,265 unique reports in March of 2016 (according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group). Clearly this is not just some small time scam, but something that will most likely affect everyone if it hasn’t already.

What does a phishing message look like? Often there are spelling or grammar mistakes, which a big company should never have in their important emails. Threats of loss of service are another red flag to look for. Often times the links in the emails aren’t what they appear, and lead to various malicious sites. There are many ways to make an email look professional when it isn’t actually. Some of those ways include an email address that appears to be from the company, a proper signature, and even pictures and font styles of the company they are imitating. A useful tip is that if you hover your mouse over a link without clicking on it you will see what the actual link you’d be following is. Most importantly, if you are suspicious of an email you can call the company to verify that they are the ones who actually sent it. If you’re near Logan, Brisbane or Ipswich and are having an issue, feel free to check out Laptop Repairs Logan or Computer Repairs Springfield Lakes for more help.

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Phishing is broken up into four classifications, phishing, spear phishing, clone phishing, and whaling.

Phishing
Phishing involves some kind of online communication that is supposedly coming from a trusted source. This could be an email, direct message, and more recently, even a text message. The message usually will ask for some kind of information either sent directly as a response, or by following a link.

Clone Phishing
Clone Phishing is an attack where a legitimate email, that contained an attachment or link, is copied to create an almost identical email. The big difference is that the attachment or link will be replaced with a malicious version.

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Spear Phishing
Spear Phishing is a more effective version of phishing, because it is an attack directed at one person instead of multiple people. Attackers will usually gather personal information about the target to better personalize their message and increase the odds of success.

Whaling
Whaling is one of the most lucrative types of phishing scams. These are phishing scams aimed towards high level executives and upper management of large companies. The messages are generally business oriented. They usually use either a subpoena or a false company-wide concern to entrap them into giving up their information or downloading malicious software. The message itself is often not the end of a phishing scam. The link you follow will often look just like the official website, or at least quite close. There are also some scams that use a more covert method. They’ll use a pop-up window on a site’s legitimate domain. This can include a pop-up asking for you to login, or asking for you to authorize something. Putting your information into one of these pop-ups may even download malicious software to your computer and steal your information from the inside, even if it doesn’t specifically ask for private information.
Conclusion
Phishing does pose a dangerous risk to your online information, but you can protect yourself against it. Be careful who you give your information to, and watch out for threats from big companies. There are also many ways to report phishing, including reporting it to the APWG, Scamwatch, CERT, Europol, or even the RCMP. There are a lot of organizations trying to stop cybercrime like phishing, and they need victims to let them know when these attacks happen. Don’t let yourself get fooled. Follow the link to Virus Removal Brisbane if you’re concerned for your computer’s health.
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Welcome to CompuRepair. First of all, thank you for stopping by and having a look at our site. Our services cover any IT issues you might encounter in your office or at home. We offer same day service, are responding fast to any call outs and offer reliable service.

Our technicians will demonstrate that any issues you had are fixed before they leave, they will explain what is going wrong with your computer and in most cases will let you know how long it will take to fix the issue. Technicians are well trained and can perform a wide range of repairs including parts replacement, software troubleshooting and fixes, network troubleshooting and repairs as well as removing infections from any device.