Latest September The 2022 version 22H2 Windows 11 update includes a new feature that will make you more secure from phishing attempts: Bad actors trying to obtain your usernames and passwords in order to gain access to your accounts.
Although these deceits are most commonly carried out via email, they do not always need to. Requests for your login details—made up to look like they’re from genuine, respected sources—can also arrive over instant messengers, social media platforms, and SMS texts (which is then known as smishing rather than phishing).
The new protections don’t need much in the way of setup or configuration—the idea is they just work when required. You should still be familiar with how these protections work and what they do to keep you safe.
Phishing: How it Works
Phishing can be done in many ways and has been around for years. Phishing scams have one thing in common: they want you to give your password and username details to a specific account. This usually happens by using clever subterfugee to create the impression that you’re talking with someone legitimate (at your bank, at work, or on social media platforms) than hackers.
One example is when you get an email claiming to be from your credit union asking you for account changes. This would send you to a fake website that pretends to be authentic. The phishers can access your details once you have signed in.
You might also get an email claiming to be your boss at the office above you. You might be asked to log into a company website, which would again be fraudulent copies of the original site. Or you may simply need to email a list with usernames and passwords in an urgent matter.
To maximize the chances of success, Phishing attacks are designed to change. They often contain warnings and often place a time limit for responses. This gives you less time to consider what you are doing. Recently, emails that hide malicious motives behind safety or health information have been used in scams targeting the coronavirus epidemic.