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What is Phishing?
Phishing is an attempt to acquire personal information against a user, that would include user names, password, files, and financial information by using impersonation spoofing and misrepresentation. These phishing activities are primarily made by creating a site or an application that looks similar to the genuine site or application. When a user enters his or her personal information these phishing sites, the creator of that phishing site will get those information, which he can use for malicious activities.
Email Address created to fight Phishing ActivitiesAugust 9 2012, Facebook.com launched "firstname.lastname@example.org", a new protection against phishing. That email address is available to public to report phishing attempts against Facebook. Facebook.com may request for web browsers that those sites be blacklisted and would be removed from the system. Also, Facebook may take an investigation on those sites, recover victim's accounts and secure them.
Phishing attempts in EmailsFacebook Security also pointed out about phishing attempts in emails. According to Facebook Security, everyone must follow caution in taking an action on suspected email messages. Here are their tips.
- Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for login or financial information, and remember, unless the email is digitally signed, you can't be sure it wasn't forged or "spoofed".
- Don't use the links in an email, instant message, or chat to get to any web page if you suspect the message might not be authentic or you don't trust the sender, instead navigate to the website directly.
With that, Facebook.com visions that it would lessen those phishing activities.
If any of you got your account compromised, you can always visit http://www.facebook.com/hacked.
You can also forward phishing emails to any of the following: APWG (email@example.com), the FTC (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the Internet Crime Compliant Center (www.ic3.gov).