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Phishing is a malicious attempt to trick you into giving away your personal information by sending email or Internet links that look like they’re from a legitimate company. When you click them, the phishers install malware that silently eavesdrops and sends your private information to an attacker.

In addition to sending emails, phishers can use text messages or social media to lure you into providing your personal and financial data. They can also use websites that look like the sites of legitimate organizations, such as banks or payment services.

A common type of phishing attack is called “clone phishing.” This is where attackers make a copy, or clone, of a legitimate email and replace its links with malicious ones. It’s often used to fool victims into revealing sensitive information, such as credit card numbers and passwords.

Another phishing attack is called “search engine phishing.” These types of attacks are designed to lure you into providing your personal and financial information by appearing in search engines as the top result for relevant searches. They’re usually disguised as bank, money transfer, or shopping sites.

The best way to avoid phishing is to educate yourself about it, and take precautions such as installing firewalls and using antivirus/antimalware software like Malwarebytes Premium. These tools have the ability to detect when a link isn’t what it seems, so you won’t end up sharing your information with the wrong people.