Why do I need anti-phishing detection in my e-mail and on my Web browser?

By now you’ve probably heard about the rise of identity theft on the Internet. One of the most common forms of fraud is called a phishing scam.

What is a phishing scam?

Phishing scams are fraudulent e-mail or Web sites that try to fool you into filling out forms that could be used to steal your personal or financial information or account passwords.


Phishing protection starts with good e-mail practice


Anti-phishing detection automatically deletes the e-mail or moves it to the junk folder depending on the level of confidence that it is indeed a fraudulent message. If a message is moved to the junk folder, the e-mail client notifies you of the threat. 


The following include anti-phishing detection:


  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • MSN Hotmail
  • Windows Live Mail
  • Windows Live Mail Desktop
  • Windows Mail




    Get phishing protection when you browse the Web


    Phishing scams usually arrive in your e-mail inbox, but the trouble starts when you click a link that takes you to a page you didn’t intend to go to. And the problem is that you might not even know there’s a problem.


    If you’ve accidentally clicked one of these links, Phishing Filter in Internet Explorer 7 helps prevent you from accidentally providing sensitive information to a fraudulent Web site. It warns or blocks you from potentially harmful Web sites. For more information, see Phishing Filter: Help protect yourself from online scams.



    About the Author
    Eve Blakemore

    Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

    Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »