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Why we fall for phishing emails - and how we can protect ourselves
The term "phishing" was first used in 1996 to mean "a scam by which an internet user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly." Since then, phishing has exploded in volume and intensity.

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Phishing

It is a scam by which an internet user is deceived into revealing personal or confidential information which can be used illicitly.

At least 3.4 billion phishing emails are sent out wo...

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Losing everything with a click

When it comes to phishing emails, you can lose everything with just a click.

You can give away your most important personal or financial information, download a destructive virus or install m...

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Using emotional tactics

Phishing emails are designed to bypass logic and manipulate our emotions.

Phishing is effective because it appeals to our biases and emotions. It tries to get us to make a decision quickly wi...

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Exploiting our mental shortcuts

Phishing emails manipulate us via mental shortcuts. There are seven shortcuts or psychological principles of influence that can be exploited by phishers. These include authority, commitme...

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Reacting to phishing tactics

How people of different ages react to  phishing tactics, according to a study:

  • Nearly half of the participants fell for the phishing emails.

  • Women ov...

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Anti-phishing strategies

When you receive an email that asks for important information such as passwords or account numbers, or request payments, offer freebies, especially downloads:

  • Take a moment to verify ...

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