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How to recognize phishing email messages, links, or phone calls
Phishing email messages, websites, and phone calls are designed to steal money. Cybercriminals can do this by installing malicious software on your computer or stealing personal information off of your computer.
Cybercriminals also use social engineering to convince you to install malicious software or hand over your personal information under false pretenses. They might email you, call you on the phone, or convince you to download something off of a website.
What does a phishing email message look like?
At Iconix, Inc., we want to help you find and trust email you care about. That’s why we visually identify messages – you can instantly recognize who the message is from and that it’s been verified as coming from that sender.
Iconix works with Gmail, MSN Hotmail, Windows Live Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook 2003/2007, Outlook Express, Earthlink, AOL Webmail, AIM Webmail, Mac and Linux are not yet supported.
Current phishing attacks focus primarily on stealing user credentials such as passwords. In response, web sites are deploying stronger authentication and backend analytics
systems. These tools are designed to make it harder for phishers to extract value from stolen passwords. We anticipate that phishers will adapt in response. In particular, we expect to see huge growth in the use of a different type of botnet malware called a Transaction Generator or TG for short. A TG waits for the user to log in to his account at a site and then issues transactions on behalf of the user. We discuss a number of mechanisms by which TGs can hide their tracks so that users have no idea that fraudulent transactions were issued by their machine. We also describe a mitigation system, called SpyBlock, that can help reduce the damage caused by TGs.
PwdHash generates theft-resistant passwords. The PwdHash browser extension invisibly generates these passwords when it is installed in your browser. You can activate this protection by pressing F2 before you type your password, or by choosing passwords that start with @@. If you don’t want to install PwdHash on your computer, you can generate the passwords right here.