Phishing, Pharming, and Spam. What are they and how can you protect yourself from them?. Phishing.
What are they and how can you protect yourself from them?
“The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.”
Here the user is sent an e-mail that appears to be from a bank. The website looks legitimate (see 1) but it is really masked to take you to website 2 and steal your financial information.
“Pharming seeks to obtain person or private (usually financial) information by redirecting a user to a fake web site that impersonates a legitimate web site. Even if the user correctly enters a URL (web address) into a browser's address bar, the attacker can still redirect the user to a scam web site.”
Unsolicited junk mail, and those annoying advertisements that pop up on the internet.
“Approximately half of all e-mail is bulk unsolicited e-mail aka spam. AOL’s 35 million customers receive 2 billion spam messages a day.”
Long and Long Complete Computers. Chapter 7. p.281.