PhishGuard is a FREE service that detects and rapidly disables Internet "phishing" or "spoofing" attacks designed to steal critical financial data. PhishGuard works with all popular browsers on Microsoft Windows computers.
Phishing attacks use fraudulent websites and emails that mimic well-known organizations in order to trick unsuspecting Internet users. A simple login or account number entry screen becomes a sophisticated trap. By assuming you are dealing with a trusted party, you can reveal financial information including credit card numbers, bank accounts, passwords, and social security numbers to the "bad guys". This type of attack is very difficult for the typical person to detect, as the scammer’s emails and websites mimic the exact style and graphics of the spoofed company, and appear genuine. Sensitive financial information disclosed to scammers is used to make fraudulent financial transactions and to enable long-term identity theft.
Organizations recently impersonated by phishers have included eBay, Citibank, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), PayPal, AOL, Visa, Bank One, EarthLink, Microsoft, AT&T, Yahoo, Chase, and numerous others
PhishGuard blocks Internet "phishing" or "spoofing" attacks for computers running Microsoft Windows (Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003). Free versions of PhishGuard work with Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer. PhishGuard Pro, our premier product, works with all popular browsers and offers other enhancements, including more frequent scam database updates.
Once installed on your computer, PhishGuard unobtrusively monitors sites on the Internet that you visit with your browser. When you attempt to visit a harmful site, a warning window immediately appears giving information on when the site was discovered, and why it is considered harmful.
The first person to discover a suspected phishing scam can use PhishGuard to report the offending email or URL (website address), literally in seconds. There is no need to divulge any confidential information to the scammers. Within minutes, our monitoring team has verified the scam, and added it to the PhishBase™ database. Updates to the database are rapidly distributed to every PhishGuard-protected computer, effectively immunizing them against the newly discovered scam.
The patent-pending PhishGuard system utilizes the collective observations of Internet users, coupled with an efficient centralized server-based reporting and updating system. This unique architecture dramatically reduces the chance that any phishing scam can “slip through the cracks” and blindside an unsuspecting Internet user.
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