Phishing is a simple and 100% working technique to Acquire passwords or secret codes such as credit card numbers of victims.
Everyone using E-banking or any social networking site like Facebook or Twitter have to deal with these kind of Phishing Attacks. You can only save yourself from these kinds of attacks from your own awareness because no antivirus or Firewall is able to detect these kinds of malicious activities.
It is not a virus that comes to your system and then send your passwords to the Hacker but it work in real time i.e. it will send your password to the Hacker at the same time you enter it from keyboard.
How it works?
For example if you are on Facebook and click on the malicious link spread by Hacker, a window will open asking for your username and password. This window will be exactly same as the facebook login window , victim will think that he is accidently logged out and he will enter username and password, and these details will be directly sent to the Hacker.
Generally Hackers spread these links asking you for – any post like , watch video , see latest news etc. this is done to attract people to their link and making them to click it.
Similar is the case while you are doing E-banking as Phishers are targeting the customers of banks and online payment services. When they click they are asked details such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has.
Sometimes you might have seen E-mails saying that you have won the prize worth thousands of dollars and to claim it send us your several details or fill form provided with the link. These are examples of advanced Phishing.
How to save yourself from Phishing Attacks ?
1)Never click on any link that seems suspicious.