Phishing is a deceptive practice that is used to steal personal data such as credit card information, passwords, or other sensitive data. How can you recognize it? Sometimes it's hard. You'll get an email that claims to be from a trusted source, like Lehigh, your bank, Ebay, Paypal, etc. The message will claim that your account is in jeopardy somehow unless you...
The word "phishing" comes in part from the idea that scammers are "fishing" for personal data from the sea of email/Web users. "Ph" is a common hacker replacement for "f." The term was first coined in 1996.
Spear phishing is a highly targeted type of phishing that may be aimed at a given organization, such as Lehigh. The text of the message may be tailored to Lehigh recipients even though the sender is not legitimate. Lehigh will NEVER ask you to provide a password via email. You should also be very wary of clicking on links within email messages asking for sensitive information. They may be "spoof" web pages that merely collect and use your information. If in doubt, contact the company/university directly or open a new Web page and log into their account page.
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