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The Evolution of Phishing
By: Joe Eitel
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    Table of Contents:
  • The Evolution of Phishing
  • Malware Defined
  • Sources of Concern
  • Security

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    The Evolution of Phishing - Security

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    Now that you have learned the dangers of phishing and malware, it is important that you learn how to protect yourself from the dangers of online scammers and criminals. According to one userís website, the easiest way to protect yourself is to avoid the sources of concern.

    This is easy enough when it comes to p2p programs and freeware downloads, but it can be a little more difficult when it comes to phishing. You cannot just stop using your e-mail or reading e-mails that claim they are from your bank. This is part of the reason that phishing is so effective and dangerous.

    When it comes to the sources that you cannot avoid, the best advice that I can offer is to use your common sense. More often than not, your bank is not actually sending you software to install; personally, I have never heard of that happening. If something sounds suspicious, be suspicious of it.

    Before you take any action, search around for the situation on the Internet and see what others have to say about it. Chances are that you are not the first person that has been concerned about a potential scam.

    Another thing you can do is recognize the signs that your computer has been infected with malware. If your computer is noticeably working slower than it did a short time ago, there is a decent chance that it is infected.

    Another sign of malware is random pop-ups that you do not recognize. The Internet is a great source of information when it comes to things with which you are not familiar; a basic Internet search may provide you with the answers to your questions.

    One of the best ways that you can protect yourself is to install the necessary security software. There are two vital types of programs that can help you: a firewall and a malware scanner.

    The firewall will work constantly to ensure that your computer does not become infected with malware. It will scan your downloads, e-mails, and all of your activity online.

    A malware scanner can be told on command to search your entire computer for signs of malware. The best malware scanners are updated frequently and will be able to identify any of the thousands of types of malware. The scanner will also be able to remove any malware that it finds.

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