First let's define what "Phishing" means. According to Wikipedia, phishing is an attempt to criminally and fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. eBay, PayPal and online banks are common targets. Phishing is typically carried out by email or instant messaging, and often directs users to enter details at a website, although phone contact has also been used...

Now that you know what phishing means, the next thing you should do is to be SAFE. Beware of who and where you submit your personal information, especially your credit card information or account passwords.

Phishing and Spam EmailsMost of the time, we receive an email informing us that we have to update our personal information or something saying we won $500 and we should submit our information to receive the price. These are some examples of phishing and spam emails. How come you won a price when you did not join in any contest afterall?

Remember my post about Paypal titled Important Security Alert on Your Paypal Account wherein I mentioned about an email requiring me to update my personal information? Of course, I already know that this is a phishing email because the email address where I received the email is not used for my Paypal transactions. Also, the email address used is not actually Paypal's adress.

So what we should do to protect our critical data? As I stated earlier, the best thing we should do is not to share our email address to anyone, especially if he or she is a complete stranger. Don't trust anyone in the Internet. You would not know who is true and who are not. Just be safe.

You should also read my post on How to deal with spam emails to get idea on how to stop or protect your email address from receiving spam and phishing emails.

Beware of phishing emails. Be safe. Don't be the next victim!

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