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Phishing is a cyber-attack that targets personal information. It involves sending email messages that are fraudulent and contain malicious links. These malicious links can take users to a spoofed website. This can lead to malware infections and identity theft.

Phishing can be done through email, phone, text messaging, and social media. Cybercriminals usually target specific individuals in an organization. They then use a variety of techniques to steal information. Some phishing emails appear legitimate, while others are a scam.

The goal of a phishing attack is to get users to give away their passwords or other sensitive information. It is important to identify warning signs and prevent phishing attacks.

A phishing email may contain embedded links, a company logo, or even an official domain name. You should not click on any of these links. Rather, check the URL of the source to ensure that it is a legitimate site. If there are any errors, ignore the message.

Another way to combat a phishing attack is to set up access control lists. These lists will limit the ability of malicious websites to access your account. Moreover, you can also use CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers Apart) to verify the legitimacy of a web page.

You can also report suspicious emails to the company. In this case, you can check the company’s website for any announcements about phishing attempts.

When you receive a phishing email, take some time to examine the email address and URL. Also, look up the company’s phone number.