11 Types of Phishing Attacks You Need to Know to Stay Safe

Like Darwin's finches, phishing has evolved from a single technique into many highly specialized tactics, each adapted to specific types of targets and technologies. First described in 1987, phishing is now carried out via text, phone, advertising, and -- of course -- email.

Boiled down, all these tactics exist for the same purpose -- to swipe confidential information from an unsuspecting target in order to extract something of value. But knowing about the hugely diverse set of today's phishing tactics can help ordinary people, home and business internet users alike, to be more prepared for the inevitable instance when they become the target.

Here are 11 common phishing tactics you should know...

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