Just when you thought it was safe to go back online something new comes along. Step aside phishing, there’s a new kid on the block and its called pharming.
Phishing and Pharming have the same end result, duping you into parting you with your money, but
they go about it in a different way. With phishing you need to click on a link, usually within an e-mail,
that opens up your web browser (Internet Explorer) and takes you to a official looking bogus website,
so as long as you don’t click on the link you're safe, not so with pharming.
What is Pharming?
Pharming redirects your web browser from the official commercial website and leads you to an official looking bogus website.
Even though you typed in a legitimate web address into the address bar of your web browser (Internet Explorer), website redirection schemes will take you to an official looking bogus website.
When you arrive at the bogus website you will still see the legitimate web address in the address bar - unaware
that you are at a bogus website - you will then enter in your username and password and the information will be sent
to the scammer’s website.
What is Phishing?
Phishing is an e-mail scam used to gather personal information for purposes of identity theft, using a official looking e-mail that appears to come from a legitimate business and includes an urgent request
for personal information, usually invoking some critical need to update an account immediately by
clicking on a link provided in the e-mail - this leads you to an official looking bogus website.
Anti-Pharming and Anti-Phishing software protects you from pharming and phishing scams designed
to steal personal data, such as credit card numbers, bank account numbers, social security numbers, usernames, and passwords.
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Tips And Suggestions
Anti-Pharming and Anti-Phishing
Banks, Building Societies and other financial institutions will never address you as 'Dear Customer' or
'Dear (email address)'
All official communications from organisations that you may be registered with, will always include some information that only you and they will know, but presume that every e-mail you receive is bogus until proven otherwise.
Most often bogus websites contain, but not always, spelling and grammatical errors, this should immediately alert you to a bogus site.
Before providing personal information to a website, ensure that you are using a secure connection.A secure connection will start with https:// and will have an icon of a padlock at the bottom ofthe page in Internet Explorer.
Do not respond to e-mails asking for personal information.
Do not click on links within e-mails.
Presume that every website you visit is bogus until proven otherwise.Do not enter personal information into a popup box.