Phishing is a malicious activity performed by online criminals. They want to steal your personal information or your credit card number so that they can launder money through your account. They may want to steal your home billing address or get your passwords so that they can access your personal information and steal your identity. If you do not want phishing activities to bother you then you should be on guard all the time.
Phishing can come in the form of key loggers. People use key loggers to track the keys you press on your keyboard. They can record the letters you type and they can find out things such as your password and your credit card number. You can be victimized by phishing through fraudulent links and especially emails. When you click on link an email that you do not trust, you might end up in a site that will attempt to steal your account information. You can prevent phishing activities by avoiding websites that are not what they claim to be. If you receive an unexpected email from your bank, do not be tempted to click on any of the links. Type in the website address of your bank into your browser everytime. Check the security certificate for the site (SSL). Make sure the URL shown in the browser actually is what the webpage appears to be. Some phishing attempts use similar sounding domain name, such as Barcleys instead of Barclays.
If you have any doubts about a message you have received, which may not be from your bank, always visit the bank branch or telephone them for advice.