You've probably been warned many times before about the dangers of the Internet and that's because it doesn't take much to click on a e-mail subject heading of win a car Canada and then moments later your computer is filled with more spam, spyware or a horrible virus. Nobody wants their computer to be harmed by any of the nasty things we mentioned but everyday a computer becomes infected with spyware or a virus or filled with spam. Phishing is one of the more common computer attack methods that everyday computer users have to deal with and if you're unsure of what phishing is let us tell you so you don't spend the whole day trying to repair the financial damage from a horrible phishing attack.

In basic terms phishing is a form of e-mail fraud where the attacker sends out e-mails that look legitimate and will bait you into opening them. An e-mail as innocent looking as current fashion could very well in fact by a phishing scheme to lure you into clicking on it and taking your personal and financial information. The tricky thing about phishing emails is that they tend to look like they've been sent from legitimate and trustworthy sources like PayPal, eBay, the U.S. Post Office, MSN, or Yahoo, just to name a few. You would think that an e-mail that claims to be from PayPal is from PayPal but that's what phishers want you to think so you'll open the e-mail.

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If you don't want any of your personal or financial information to be stolen by a phisher claiming to offer you free money, then you need to be very careful of the e-mails that are sent to you. If you're on top of your privacy and junk mail settings then any phishing e-mail will most likely be re-directed to your junk mail; if that's the case just delete the junk or spam e-mail and become worry-free.

However, some phishing e-mails know how to navigate their way around junk mail settings and get into your inbox. If that happens and you see an e-mail that looks like it's from a reputable bank but still seems kind of phishy make sure you look it over before clicking on any link inside of it. Messages in phishy e-mails will ask for your personal information or say your account has been hacked; neither thing is likely true and if it were you would be getting a phone call about it from someone you know and not an e-mail. Other ways you should beware of phishers and be safe include not entering personal information in pop-up windows from e-mails, using anti-virus and anti-spyware software, not clicking on links that will ask for your private information and only opening attachments from senders you trust.

If you know how to spot phishing e-mails you'll never have to be worried about opening one up!

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