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Pharming is a scam practice in which malicious code is installed on a personal computer or server, redirecting you to fraudulent websites without your knowledge or consent. Their goal is that you enter personal information on the fake website, such as a credit card number, bank account number, or password, which could lead to identity theft.


Unlike phishing, pharming can reach a larger number of computers because there is no need to carry out a person-by-person attack, and no conscious action is required from each individual person.


Some important signs of pharming are:

  • Pharming websites look slightly different from legitimate sites, as they use different colors, logos or graphics. Also, the website URL may be slightly different. For example, a pharming site may have spelling errors.

  • A common feature among all these sites is the use of "http" instead of "https" in their URLs, that is, they use an insecure connection.

This is why it is important to take the following into account: 

  • Keep the applications and operating system of your computers and devices up to date.

  • Clear your browser's cache before using a new internet connection.

  • Remember to install antivirus and antimalware software on your device, and keep it active and up to date.


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