Phishing is an illegal online activity to extract sensitive information from people in order to steal their identity. It can come in the form of SPAM, email messages, spoof websites or instant messages.
Phishing usually masquerades as an important or urgent message that uses threatening or emotionally inclined tones in order to get victims to divulge information.
What can be done to avoid it?
- Exercise caution when there is a request to update or divulge contact details.
- Instead of clicking on the provided links, manually type in the website address of the organisation.
- Install a firewall and anti-spam software
- Ensure your browser is up to date