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What is phishing?

Phishing is a cybercrime which involves tricking people in order to elicit private information such as passwords, credit card details or other by email, telephone or text message. The sensitive data is then used by the cybercriminals to commit fraud or other offences.

The first ever phishing lawsuit dates back to 2004, when a Californian teenager cloned the website ‘America Online’ to obtain private information, such as credit card details from users.

To protect yourself from phishing make sure you double-check links before clicking on them, and keep an eye for spelling errors in hyperlinks. Remember that even emails from your friends can pose a threat, since somebody may have hacked into their account. Avoid logging into your bank account via a public Wi-Fi and install anti-viruses on your devices.

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