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Monday, January 21, 2008

Computer Phishing

Phishing another growing threat to worry about in 2008

Phishing is a growing problem to computer system end-users and online related businesses. A new study by Gartner shows that phishing attacks cost 3.6 million consumers more than $3.2 billion dollars. The number of phishing victims rose by more than one-third from 2006, with the prime target being debit cards.

Phishing is a social engineering attempt to criminally and fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Phishing is typically carried out by email and often directs users to enter details at a website.

Some tips to combat phishing attacks: (

1. Never respond to requests for personal information via e-mail.

2. Visit Web sites by typing the URL into your address bar.

3. Check to make sure the Web site is using encryption.

4. Routinely review your credit card and bank statements.

5. Report suspected abuses to the proper authorities.

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