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Have you ever fallen victim to a phishing attack? You may have, without even knowing.

After Amazon Prime Day in 2017, hackers sent out emails advertising what appeared to be legitimate deals and correspondence to Amazon customers. Since customers believed this information was from Amazon, a trusted company they had just done business with, it isn’t surprising that many innocently clicked on the links and submitted information, only to find out that their credentials were compromised or malware was installed on their devices. This particular example is unfortunately only one of many.

In fact, tens of millions of people are targeted in phishing scams every year, in increasingly sophisticated emails with subject lines about invoices, refunds, bank account verifications, and mail delivery notifications.

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a term, originally coined in the mid 1990’s, used to describe when a fraudster sends you a fake email that is often linked to a fake website which mimics, or spoofs, the emails or websites of real and trusted companies.

Victims are lured into entering their passwords and disclosing other private information, or they are encouraged to download an attachment which contains malicious code, most commonly a ransomware which locks you out of important files on computer until you pay a ransom. These fake emails are the bait, and the victim is the fish (hence, phishing!).

It’s not always easy to identify if you have received a phishing email.  Most of us have grown accustomed to ignoring the emails sent from the Nigerian prince who says we stand to collect millions of dollars. But what about the more subtle emails, those that appear to be from known companies, banks or organizations we know and trust?

As you can assume, once the hackers have gained access to your private information, they can use that to commit identity theft, access bank account and credit card information, change your passwords, etc.

Since these cyber crimes are getting more and more sophisticated, it certainly feels as if it’s inevitable that you or your family members will be at risk. However, this isn’t the case. If you own a NETGEAR router or WiFi system compatible with NETGEAR Armor, you can easily protect all of the family members in your home!

With protection for your entire network, NETGEAR Armor provides a critical layer of online security to actively safeguard you from cyber threats such as ransomware, malware, botnets and more, by actively blocking known malicious sites and applications.

NETGEAR Armor, powered by Bitdefender, analyzes pieces of email information such as sender IP address/sender domain, email header information and content information (text fingerprints, URLs, phone numbers, images, attachments), to provide outstanding protection.

As internet fraud and scammers get more sophisticated, it’s comforting to know that your family is protected at all times, whether at home or even when away on public WiFi. A single subscription of NETGEAR Armor covers ALL your devices (including all of your family’s iOS, Android, macOS and Windows devices), and keeps you secure from even the latest internet threats out there!


Hoda Sedghi

Product Line Manager

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