What Does Phishing Mean?

The official dictionary definition of phishing is, “the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.”

The actual term “phishing” is just another way of saying “fishing,” alluding to the fact that cyber criminals go fishing for potential victims using some type of bait (i.e., frightening them with an email that their bank account has been frozen or that a security breach has happened and they need to change their password immediately.) When the victim “bites” by falling for the scam and entering their personal information, the scammer has successfully caught the fish.


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