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Phishing Prevention Techniques

Phishing

Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. For details click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

Phishing Prevention Techniques

Phishing refers to a specific criminal practice that combines technology and social engineering in an attempt to try and get you to divulge personal information, such as a social security or bank account number. Phishing attempts are most commonly sent via email. More about phishing can be found on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

- DO NOT reply to email with any personal information. If you have reason to believe that the request is real, call the institution or company directly.

- DO NOT click a link in an email message. If you have reason to believe the request is real, type the web address for the company or institution directly into your web browser.

- Detailed information on protecting yourself from phishing and other scams: http://www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/phishing.htm

To learn in depth how to recognize phishing please visit Microsoft’s website on the issue: http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/phishing-symptoms.aspx

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