MSN Explorer: Help minimize the risk from online phishing

To help protect yourself from online phishing:

  • Turn on Microsoft Phishing Filter to scan the websites you visit for characteristics typical of phishing websites. For more information, see MSN Explorer: Turn Microsoft Phishing Filter on or off.

  • Don't give out personal information in an e-mail message, instant message, or pop-up window.

  • Don't click links that appear suspicious, especially in e-mail or instant messages from strangers. And, because even e-mail and instant messages from friends and family can be faked, check with the sender to make sure that they actually sent the message before you open it.

  • Only visit websites that provide privacy statements or information about how they help protect your personal information.

  • Routinely review your financial statements and credit history, and report any suspicious activity.

If you think that you may have entered your personal or financial information into a phishing website, immediately do the following:

  • Change the passwords or PINs for all your online accounts.

  • Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. Check with your bank or financial advisor if you aren't sure how to do this. Not all banks permit fraud alerts.

  • Contact the owner of the real website directly. Do not follow any links in the fraudulent e-mail.

  • Close any accounts that were accessed or opened fraudulently if you know what they are.


If you discover that you are a victim of online fraud, immediately contact the local police.

MSN Explorer: Turn Microsoft Phishing Filter on or off
MSN Explorer: Report a phishing website or a mistakenly flagged phishing website
MSN Explorer: About Microsoft Phishing Filter