Commonly Used Security Terms

By March 8, 2000Security

Phishing: You get an email that appears to be from your bank, PayPal, eBay, or popular online store instructing you to click on a link and provide information to verify your account.

Pharming or Spoofing: Hackers redirect a legitimate website’s traffic to an impostor site, where you’ll be asked to provide confidential information.

Smishing: This is phishing done with text messaging on your smart phone. It instructs you to visit a bogus website, usually asking you to enter your credential information.

Spyware: You’ve unknowingly downloaded illicit software when you’ve opened an attachment, clicked on a pop-up or downloaded a song or game. Criminals can use spyware to record your keystrokes and obtain credit card numbers, bank account information and passwords when you make purchases or conduct other business online. They also can access confidential information on your hard drive.

Vishing – Voice Phishing: You get an automated phone message asking you to call your bank or credit card company. Even your caller ID is fooled. You call the number and are asked to punch in your account number, PIN or other personal information.

ATM Skimming: Crooks use a combination of a fake ATM slot and cameras to record your account information and PIN when you use a cash machine.

Dumpster Diving: Crooks will go through your mail or trash looking for anything with personal or