How To Protect Yourself Against Phishing Attempts
Phishing is a deceptive method of electronic espionage used to obtain usernames, passwords, email addresses and other sensitive information. Popular tactics include emails designed to appear as if they are from your email provider, bank, insurance company, mortgage company, etc. often claiming that you need to update information such as billing and login information.
Popular Examples of Phishing
Target, Apple, Home Depot, DNC are well known victims of large data breaches caused by phishing. However, individuals are the most frequent victims with over a hundred thousand phishing attempts on a monthly basis.
Always keep your operating system, internet browser and browser plugins up to date. Installing an anti-virus program such as McAfee which has built in email protection will further bolster your defenses against phishing attacks.