Online phishing (pronounced like the word fishing) is a way to trick computer users into revealing personal or financial information through a fraudulent e‑mail message or website. A common online phishing scam starts with an e‑mail message that looks like an official notice from a trusted source, such as a bank, credit card company, or reputable online merchant. In the e‑mail message, recipients are directed to a fraudulent website where they are asked to provide personal information, such as an account number or password. This information is then usually used for identity theft.
Today the Windows Live team here in the UK have just posted a great article about Protect Yourself From Phishing. It talks about what Phishing is, and what to be wary off as well as what to do if you think your Hotmail account has been compromised.
We also have lost of great content about Phishing over on Windows Help and How-to including:
- Phishing Filter (in IE7): FAQ
- Don't take the bait! - Internet Explorer 7 tools help you recognize phishing scams
- When to trust an e-mail message
- Staying safer online: Using Windows Vista and Windows Live OneCare can help protect your family and your computer
Let me know what you think, and if you found the articles useful.