Phishing And How To Block It...
Part 2

This second part of 'phishing and how to block it' focuses on antiphishing software and how you can report phishing... either as a victim or to take action.

So, armed with the knowledge and tips in this article, you'll find that you are easily able to spot those phishing emails and deal with them confidently.

Here's what we'll be covering...

  1. Software Tips
  2. Reporting Phishing
  3. Supporting Articles

2. Phishing Software Tips

Besides acting on the practical advice in Part 1 of this article, you can also limit your risks and damage by ensuring you have basic security software installed and topped up with some specific anti-phishing tools...

I. Basic Security Protection

If you have installed effective anti-virus, firewall, anti-spam, browser and antispyware software, then you already have in place some protection against the impact of phishing emails, and the malware that they can introduce into your computer.

If you haven't done so already, then take a look at Software Steps To Improve the Effectiveness Of Your Spam Blocker. This takes you through what's required to protect you against spam and so applies equally well for phishing... after all, it's spam with theft in mind.

II. Anti-Phishing Software

Bear in mind that if you have an excellent spam blocker, then your program will identify phishing emails as spam anyway. I use MailWasher Pro which has all sorts of safety protection from malware, phishers and spammers. You can read about my experience of MailWasher Pro at Spam Spammers With MailWasher Pro.

Most browsers incorporate anti-phishing software to detect phishing websites but if yours hasn't, why not download and incorporate McAfee SiteAdvisor?

Your browser will look a little different after it's installed as small site rating icons are added to your search results as well as a browser button and optional search box. Together, these alert you to potentially risky sites and help you find safer alternatives. Thousands of times a day, McAfee visits Websites and tests them for a comprehensive set of security threats.... from annoying pop-ups to phishing and back door Trojans.

Find out more and get your free download from SiteAdvisor

2. Phishing And How To Block It... Reporting Phishing

Phishing victims can report the incident to the Internet Crime Complaint Center of the FBI.

For more detailed information, read the article Reporting Identity Theft

3. Supporting Articles

  1. Phishing and How to Block it - Part 1
  2. 5 Steps to Phishing Protection
  3. Reporting Identity Theft


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