Phishing and Spam
What is phishing? Wikipedia defines it as "a form of social engineering, characterized by attempts to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business in an apparently official electronic communication, such as an email or an instant message. The term phishing arises from the use of increasingly sophisticated lures to "fish" for users' financial information and passwords."
What is spam? Spam is an "unsolicited email, normally with an advertising content sent out as a mass mailing." We often hear from College staff, "how can I stop getting so much spam?" The short answer is, you can't. Spam as an issue is getting worse. Spam emails are on the rise. Spammers (individuals who send spam) are becoming more sophisticated and constantly modify their techniques in order to avoid the countermeasures deployed by companies and users. You can reduce spam by taking certain precautions.