What is phishing?

Ekaterina Ermolaeva
Ekaterina Ermolaeva
December 19, 2014
What is phishing?

Phishing is one of the modern methods of Internet fraud. This word came from the English language. In English, fishing means "fishing" or "fishing." In the Russian language, the direct meaning of this word did not stick, but the figurative got stuck. So what is phishing and how to deal with it?

Meaning of the word

In fact, phishing - this is fishing, but this is not about fish, but about confidential data of users of the world wide web, and especially social networks. The obtained data is used for different purposes - someone increases their personal rating with the help of someone else's accounts, someone uses them for the purpose of self-promotion or advertising their goods. But there are also more serious and dangerous situations, when attackers obtain data about your e-wallets, payment cards, bank accounts, passport and much more.

How phishing works

The goal of phishing distributors is to get your data when you enter a specific site - a social network or a site of your bank.To do this, they create fake sites, which outwardly practically do not differ from real sites. In their names, for example, only one letter can be changed and the user, without paying attention to it, enters his data on this blende site. After that, they immediately become available to fraudsters. With an example of such hacking, see the article How can hack a page in "Classmates".

How not to fall for it

  • do not open suspicious sites;
  • Do not follow links sent to you by mail from strangers (find out what a link is);
  • carefully check the website address in the address bar;
  • Do not enter your personal and passport data without justified need.

These measures will help you to avoid fraudsters on the hook.

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