Monday, April 25, 2005

Phishing!! Dont take the bait...

"You have mail! Please check your secure inbox for more information. Not yet enrolled? It's free". Have you ever recieved such an e-mail as above? If yes don't take the bait.

This is a phishing. It is a growing threat for Internet security. Phishing is an easy new tool for thieves to steal your e-identity from you. Usually the above message is accompanied by an authentic looking enrollment form, and it appeared to have emerged from a legitimate bank address. But it is evident it was not from a bank but instead from a criminal. What you enter in the form is personal details like your name, your user name, your SSN and your password. What happens after is predictable but un-expected. The details you just mentioned would reach someone who has nothing to do with all that details.

This scam is called Phishing (pronounced as fishing). It is a growing tool which criminals use to steal your privacy, your money and finally your own identity. To stop all this scam, all you have to do is use your common computing sense. First off, no legitimate institution would ask you to provide confidential detail via e-mail. Read each mail carefully and patiently, be it high priority or low priority. Check the security certificates associated with the web page as each legitimate institution would have their own authentic certificate (a padlock symbol appears on the status bar of the browser). Finally contact your network admin.

Operation Phishing:

Phishers send a huge lot of spam to some x-number of internet users. Usually these contain a authentic looking phony form or another hyperlink to a different site which manages to collect information about you. How they persuade you to give information is left to them. They may even pretend to be the company members and threaten you that your account may be closed down if these details are not given. So, always make sure that genuine company mailers will never ask for confidential information to be posted over e-mail. For the remaining part of security, use common computer science and use your inquisitiveness.

God Bless all the Internet Users!!!

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