FunFindsBlog: Phishing (Pronounced ‘Fishing’) – It’s a bad thing….

Have you ever received email that looks like it’s from a real entity, only to find that it’s not?  Well, then you’ve received ‘phish’ email.  We thought since you all might be working electronically you might want a little education.  Why?  Because you may one day receive this stuff and accidentally give out your password information without knowing it.  Some of these emails look like the real thing, but when you click on the link you might be taken to a website that looks legit, but check the URL (AKA Uniform Resource Locator – global address of documents and other resources on the World Wide Web).

For example I received one the other day from what I thought was Wells Fargo.  When I clicked on the link, however, the URL didn’t say ‘www.wellsfargo.com’ – it said something completely different.  The point is check, check, then check again.  Otherwise you may be scammed.

So what’s phish?

phish [fish] – verb (used without object) – to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an e-mail that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake Web site that replicates the real one.

Wikipedia’s description is pretty good:

Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public. Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail spoofing or instant messaging,[1] and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques used to deceive users,[2] and exploits the poor usability of current web security technologies.[3] Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation, user training, public awareness, and technical security measures.

The point of this information is to be aware, careful and protect yourselves!

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About Karen and Susanne

Susanne and Karen are friends who share a passion for FunFinds that might be gizmos, gadgets, gimmicks or factoids. As a result we decided to start a blog that would communicate information and/or our opinions on these types of items. We hope that you will find our postings fun and interesting. Please feel free to share with us.
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2 Responses to FunFindsBlog: Phishing (Pronounced ‘Fishing’) – It’s a bad thing….

  1. Ellen Phillips says:

    Thanks for this blog. Last week, I, too, received an email from one of our banks to update our credit card account. I thought something was “fishy” so we called the bank. They said no such email was sent to us from them so they referred the email I received to their Fraud Dept.

    • Glad you like it! We love getting feedback from our readers. It’s really important to share items like this with friends and family. Better safe, than sorry. So we’d love it if you’d share this with others. Thanks for joining us on our journey.

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