Usually phishing sites are set up for a short time with the aim of "harvesting" as much secret data from unsuspecting victims as they possibly can.
What You Need To Know About Phishing Sites
What is a phishing site and what does it do? This article is provided by your web hosting provider and will attempt to provide data to help you protect yourself from phishing sites and those illegally harvesting secret data.
A phishing site is a site set up to look identical to a site where you would usually sign in using your log in and password. The whole idea is to capture this sensitive information from you so that the owners of the illegal phishing sites can use it to gain access to your sensitive accounts and commit fraud.
Usually unsuspecting victims are drawn to the phishing sites by a request to update information or to resolve urgent issues with their account. This is why it is wise to use a telephone and call whenever you receive these kinds of requests concerning your online accounts.
Days Of The Week When You Should Be Most Alert
Usually phishing sites are set up for a short time with the aim of "harvesting" as much secret data from unsuspecting victims as they possibly can. It is emerging that many are often set up late on Friday evening when the technical staff at the web hosts are gone for the weekend with the intention of doing maximum damage before they are flagged and shut down.
This means that weekends in general and possibly early in the week are very high-risk days for phishing schemes. These are the days when one needs to be extra careful.
Web hosts also need to device ways to monitor things and look out for these sites over the weekend.
Where Are Most Phishing Sites Set Up Or Hosted?
Surprisingly The United States and Germany lead the pack in the countries that host the highest number of phishing sites. Statistics show that 46 per cent of these kind of sites are hosted in the US while 11 per cent are hosted in Germany. The UK accounts for only 3 per cent.