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Phishing

Phishing is a form of fraud on the World Wide Web where a user is tricked into revealing personal financial data. Often propagated through spam email, phishing may include the use of fake websites or requests in email for password and login details. Anti-virus and anti-spyware software may be no defence against phishing - best advice to avoid phishing websites is NOT to click on links in email and be VERY careful where you reveal passwords and sensitive personal data. Update: Latest versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer now have an anti-phishing tool built in.

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Adware, Anti-Virus, Email, Firewall, Hacking, Password, Software, Spam, Spyware, User Name, World Wide Web

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