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Phishing Prevention Techniques


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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