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How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Emails and Links

PC Magazine, By Fahmida Rashid

We talk about phishing a lot on SecurityWatch. While we regularly warn readers to not fall for phishing scams, it got us thinking: how many people know how to recognize a phishing scam?

Phishing is a serious problem. Statistics from RSA claim there were 445,000 phishing sites in 2012, double what was found in 2011. It is safe to assume that 2013 will show another increase, said Corey Nachreiner, a director of security strategy at WatchGuard. Kaspersky Lab found that scammers pretended to be from major companies such as Apple, Yahoo, Google, Amazon, eBay, Twitter, Instagram, and Skype to trick users into clicking on a malicious link as part of a wide-spread spam campaign in the third quarter. Read more.