What is Phishing and what can I do to protect myself?

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a type of cyber attack where an attacker will impersonate a user or organization (via a spoofed email, a phone call, or by providing you with a false identity in any other manner) in order to obtain personal information, or to send spam.

Why is this dangerous?

Phishing is one of the most dangerous cyber attacks because it plays on the human element of internet security, which is arguably the most vulnerable part of computer security.

What can be done?

There are a few things that can be done to prevent this:

First and foremost, the absolute best line of defense is knowledge. It is very important that all users understand what phishing is and how to recognize it. 

For more information, please see the Wikipedia article on Phishing, which provides a detailed explanation, its history, and how to recognize it when you encounter it.

Another method to help alleviate some phishing attempts is to protect against email spoofing. Please see our knowledge base article on spoofing, and ways to protect against it.  Please note, however, that this is NOT a fix, although this information may prevent some phishing attempts.

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