The word “phishing” is pronounced in the same way as is the word “fishing.” Phishing is when scammers send you emails and use other ways to lure you to visit a fraudulent website that looks just like a real website. For example, the real website maybe eBay.com and phishers may try to lure you to some other website that looks just like eBay so that they could steal your login and password.
Most email services today, including Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, and “Gmail” (www.gmail.com), come with built-in protection. This means that even if you open a phishing email, nothing bad will happen. Scammers can’t do anything unless you visit their website and enter your information on the website.
For this reason, you should always double-check website addresses in the address bar of the browser. If you get an email from whoever requesting that you log into a website, always be suspicious. If it’s a company that you don’t know, simply ignore the email.
It is possible for scammers to make an address in their email look like a link to a legitimate website. They can’t hide the website in the address bar of your browser.
For this reason, one of the best things you can do if you receive an email that looks legitimate, type the website of the company into the address bar of a browser separately. For example, let’s say that you received an email about Paypal that tells you to log into your account and double-check your account settings. Do not click any links in the email. Simply go to the browser and type in www.paypal.com Then, visit the website, log into the website and check your account. If there is a problem, you will immediately see a notice or a message.