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Phishing involves an attacker trying to get you to provide personal information like passwords, account numbers and Social Security numbers via email, text or a voice call. This information can be used to steal money or your identity.

Often, these messages can look authentic. They might even come from companies you do business with or people you know. And they can contain a link that will redirect you to a fake website. These sites can install malware on your device. And once a cybercriminal has your information, they can run wild in your name.

These phishing attacks can also target your Internet of Things (IoT) devices. IoT devices connect to the Internet and collect data, including your location and voice. This data can be collected, shared or sold to a variety of unauthorized users, causing potential harm to you and your family.

While misspelled company names and jumbled website URLs were once a sure sign of phishing, cyberattackers are constantly evolving their techniques. For example, some attackers now bury technical code in their links to a fraudulent website to make them appear valid and more trustworthy to victims.

It is important to remember that legitimate companies and organizations will never ask for sensitive personal information like passwords, credit card number or your Social Security number via email. If you are unsure whether a request for information is legitimate, contact the company directly through another method, such as by phone.