Ask a victim of Phishing-
This week, coupled with lack of sleep, I became a victim of phishing just by going to my email box. I use Yahoo email for my personal email and it fell victim to someone who was phishing for information. This is what the people I spoke to think happened since I do not have any viruses on my Mac.
Phishing is a term used when describing computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
What do I think happened? (I am not an expert nor do I play one at home) I think the fraudulent party replicated my yahoo site and gained my password. It then proceeded to send out email links to my huge contact list. The most common link was for male enhancement drugs. It appears after further research that some companies pay for this service to improve sales.
Here is what I learned my password needed to contain numbers and upper and lowercase letters. I also have to make sure the site I am on is actually the site I really want to be on. I now have an icon for Yahoo that I created through Yahoo. It appears every time I sign into my mail. I will no longer leave my email open. I also installed virus software although it appears Mac computers usually do not get viruses. I did run a virus scan and I am hopeful that changing my password and deleting my contact addresses will prevent this in the future. I also heard if you send emails you should send yourself the email in the TO section and then forwarded emails in the BCC section. (Is there any truth to this?)
If the above does not work I intend to take my computer into the professionals at Gravitys Edge they have helped me in the past when I was a PC user.
I am sure most of you are more computer savvy than I am if you have tips please share them. What do you do to keep your computer safe?