Phishing is an innovative way in which criminals are now stealing all kinds of personal data on the internet. It has been noted that from 5 percent to 20 percent of individuals per year are victims of this type of scam.

Phishing is a method used by computer hackers to steal your personal information only for the reason of identity theft. The way in which they steal your information is by using fraudulent emails that appear to be from companies you know and trust. They often fool you into giving them information such as your social security number, your bank account number, other account number, and your passwords to various accounts online.

The main rule of thumb for protecting yourself against these hackers is to always ensure you are communicating with the trusted company and not a dummy website that looks like the real one. Pay close attention to the address you are going to and if in doubt call the company direct. These hackers know how to duplicate a website to look like the original, so you have to become smarter than the hackers or become another one of their victims. Install a firewall on your computer. This can also aid in keeping hackers out of your computer.