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Monday, March 23, 2009

Phishing

Phishing is like fishing and a person or persons who does this can make off with a pretty good haul. The haul can be access to your accounts using your password and thief of your credit card numbers. Not to mention the spoof emails about your paypal account where someone is really spending your money as your reporting the spam emails. What can you do? Change your passwords and change them often. Do not use the same password for different accounts. Example: Don't use the same password for your ebay account that you use for paypal account. The same can be said with etsy. Change your passwords on a regular basis. If your like me you will have to use a note book to write them down in. That one brain cell doesn't work well while watching your money go down the drain!! APWG website. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is the global pan-industrial and law enforcement association focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types. Protect your self and your accounts. This message was brought to you by someone who has been Phished and is pissed.

5 comments:

KV said...

Gosh, Bev -- I am so sorry to hear that you have been attacked like this. So darn many nasty, miserable characters out there, right?


Kathy V in NM

No Easy Beads said...

KV their are unsavory characters every where. I am hoping my story about phishing will prompt someone to change there passwords often. Times are changing and we need to be extra careful on the internet.

Jean Hutter said...

Oh no Bev - how awful for you - good advice - I will have to change my passwords today!

I am pretty careful and NEVER open e-mail from someone I don't know and NEVER with an attachment - even if I know the person.

You can never be too careful.

FrankandRox said...

here is my best tip for passwords. use a word with numbers in the middle like say bicycle and 57 bi57cycle the more random the better... but my secret to this is I cycle through the numbers.... example renew with bic57ycle or bi58cycle... this way your passwords are related and easy to remember so you don't have to write them down so they really are safe (oh and aim for more than 8 characters, a popular minimum)oh again if you pick 4 #s and a 4 letter word then you're golden for pin codes too

The Lone Beader said...

Sorry to hear this has happened to you! I do open emails from people I don't know on a regular basis, but I just don't open spam emails or click on links which require my password. Always go directly to the site from your browser to do that. That is the best advice I can give!