September 1, 2009In computing phishing is a criminal activity using social engineering techniques. Phishers attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business in an electronic communication. Phishing is typically carried out using email or an instant message, although phone contact has been used as well.
Platinum ITS strongly recommends that users ignore all email correspondence related to requests of their information or contains links to sites that appear very similar to sites they normally use. If a user wants to login to their bank or any other site, it should be done directly from a browser and not any link in email. Never give out any personal information without full knowledge of the source that is requesting it.
Although phishing is a fairly new technique, there are ways to protect yourself. Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 7 and higher which has built-in phishing filters and Microsoft Office includes phishing filters for Microsoft Office Outlook. Other third party software that protect against phishing exist as well. If you need help protecting your organization and data against phishing, then contact Platinum ITS today!