Phishing is a very common type of Internet fraud today, the purpose of which is to gain access to confidential user data -- logins, passwords, bank accounts, and so on. In Armenia, this type of fraud is also very common today: almost every user receives potentially dangerous links from time to time.
NEWS.am Tech shares useful information about what phishing is, how it works and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of scammers.
Phishing is a type of cyberattack where scammers impersonate trusted entities, such as banks, companies, or government agencies, to deceive individuals into revealing sensitive information like passwords, credit card numbers, or personal details. The term "phishing" is a play on words, as scammers are "fishing" for your valuable information.
Phishing attempts usually begin with a fraudulent email, text message, or website that appears legitimate. Scammers often use clever tactics to make these messages look convincing. They may mimic official logos, email addresses, or website designs to trick you into thinking you're dealing with a trusted source.
Once you interact with the phishing message—by clicking a link, downloading an attachment, or providing personal information—the scammers gain access to your data. They can use this information for various malicious purposes, such as stealing your identity, committing financial fraud, or launching further cyberattacks.
Phishing is a persistent threat in the digital world, but with vigilance and awareness, you can protect yourself and your personal information.
Here are some simple yet effective ways to protect yourself from phishing: