The BIG Technical Jargon Guide

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What is phishing?

Phishing is a type of online scam where an attacker tries to trick someone into providing personal or sensitive information by posing as a trustworthy entity. This can happen through email, text messages, or other forms of communication, and often involves the attacker creating a sense of urgency or fear to encourage the victim to act quickly. For example, a phishing email may appear to be from a legitimate bank or company, asking the recipient to click a link and enter their login information to avoid account suspension. If the victim falls for the scam and provides their information, the attacker can use it for identity theft or other fraudulent activities. To protect against phishing, it's important to be cautious of unsolicited requests for personal information and to verify the authenticity of any requests before providing sensitive information. Use our data breach search tool to check if your email address has been compromised.

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