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GeekWord – Phishing

Phishing – [fish-ing] noun

A technique used to gain access to your personal information for fraudulent purposes. The technique uses convincing emails directing you to log in to a site that you normally use such as eBay, Facebook, PayPal or even your bank. By clicking on the link in the email, you are unknowingly directed to a fake server that records the information that you enter, such as usernames and passwords. This information is then used for financial or other fraud.

I got an email from eBay the other day saying that my account was compromised, the link took me to a site that just didn’t look right. I realized right away that it was a phishing email.

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About Todd E. Grady

I'm a dad, husband, IT guy and geek of all trades.

Posted on 12.16.2011, in GeekWord, Technology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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