Phishing, made from the words fishing and phreaking, is a scam aiming personal or confidential information steal through fake e-mails and web sites.
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Usually a phishing attempt begins with the reception of an e-mail from a well-known and trustworthy company such as: administration structures, bank, social networks, e-commerce websites...
They are alarmist and often indicate a deadline to seem even more urgent.
here is an example:
You are then directed on fake websites looking like the genuine ones and are asked for personal and confidential data.
You need to know what to look at:
Sometimes the sham is perfect and can't be distinguish from a genuine website. Indeed, fake websites can present SSL certificate and secured connections through 'Domain Validated' certificates that do not authentify the website's owner (we do not sale this kind of certificate).
In that case, there is only one solution left: the extended validation certificate and its green address bar!
The EV certificates issuance procedures are stricts. They are delivered after a complete audit of the website, the company...
TO BE CLEAR: the Extended Validation is the only real security against phishing, it is the only one that can guarantee a company legitimacy.
Browsers and e-mail software fight against phising and launched several alarm systems to prevent the risk it represents.
Most of e-mail clients provide free phishing filters to their users when browsers display alert messages when you are on fraudulent websites. In theory, you should be alerted at each phishing attempt.
OUTLOOK ALERT MESSAGE:
FIREFOX ALERT MESSAGE:
Pharming uses the same methods than phishing and has the same goal: stealing your confidential data. But pharming is more complicated as you are directed upon an official URL that has been hacked.
In this case there's only one way to protect your data: Do not provide confidential data online!
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