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By tobmoxley ·
Today I received an e-newletter from TechRepublic suggesting a patch for WinZip. There were 2 urls: one to download the patch and the other to tell you if I intended to download the patch. (?) I clicked to download the patch and then remembered...
I'd had a newsletter from my credit union today suggesting not clicking on a url in a credit card statement, due to the dangers of Phishing these days. They suggested typing a known url in the browser or using one saved to Favorites.
AND, last night I had received a copy of an email sent to a friend asking her to click on a link in a newsletter from her bank, which took her to the bank website & asked personal questions. I don't understand how, but information appearing to go to the bank page was being hijacked-Phished.
So... the question that occurred to me is, What if the link in the TechRepublic e-newsletter is Phishing? Most downloads ask for personal information and we give the information without thinking. How can we be SURE our information isn't being Phished? (I keep Norton's updated constantly.)

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the problem is - you don't know for sure

by uofM In reply to Phishing

As phishing scams become more and more sophisticated , it becomes harder and harder to be sure. You should NEVER give out personal information online unless you initiated the session (i.e. when you go to an onling bank to open an account). The fact is, most legitimate places rarely ask for your personal information via e-mail. So when you get an e-mail to click on a link and provide personal info... then you need to be concerned and check twice. As for a download site, I typically have a few "spam" account with yahoo that I give out. And e-mail should be the only thing they ask for other than your name (which again, you can simply provide an alias).

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