Phishing attacks are the kind of hacking attacks that are done by hackers who are looking for the kind of private information they cannot access or reach through any other means. Unless they can pretend to be genuine authorities standing tall above your computer when you are entering information, they are very sure you will not pass on this information to them no matter what approach they take on to access the information.
However, they can always create new websites that are made to look as similar to the usual websites you are used to visiting as possible. This will be then used to trick you as a computer user on the internet to try logging into the website to access the service you are looking for.
All internet users are used to getting prompted to log into systems and web applications to access the information they require such as banking details and other private details such as medical information which is very sensitive and in many scenarios, this information is meant to be kept private and should not be passed on to anyone.
The website will have all the looks of the original website and the users will not even be suspicious about the website when they are visiting it. The website will also ask for a username and a password and in many cases, the unsuspecting user will enter the correct username and password to confirm their identity on the website.
However, the website, being a clone, will only turn up a hoax page or an error message which will make the user visit the website at a later time. However, this information gets to be robbed from unsuspecting users who trust the website and have already entered the login information that the hackers are looking for.
The hackers that have set up this phishing attack will make use of all means to get the user to the website and in many cases; they will send them a link to the website in their emails and make them click on the link instead of entering the address manually. Some of the details in the link will look similar to the genuine website but there will be a slight difference in terms of the server where the information is entered into the website gets sent to.
The users of the website will not be able to note the difference when they have visited the website from a link that was in their email and consequently, they will get their information stolen and used to access the actual accounts they were trying to log into.
This means they can have their information was stolen and transactions are done on their behalf which is a reason for modern information insecurity for unsuspecting users. It is advisable to always enter the address of the website you want to visit instead of clicking on links when you are suspicious about the messages in your email as this turns down the attackers and reduces the chances of a phishing attack being successful.