What is a phishing attempt?
Phishing is where someone creates a page to look exactly like a normal page that requests for you to enter your username and password, but it isn’t on the same website, so when you enter your username and password, you end up sending your username and password to someone else.
Then that person can access you account and do whatever they want.
This can be very horrible for your finances if you end up giving your online banking or paypal password to someone.
Here is the Dictionary.com definition:
Phishing: the practice of luring unsuspecting Internet users to a fake Web site by using authentic-looking email with the real organization’s logo, in an attempt to steal passwords, financial or personal information, or introduce a virus attack; the creation of a Web site replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords
But you don’t have to worry about that if you have Firefox! I accidentally happened upon a Myspace Phishing site (a site that pretends to be myspace), and I got a warning from Firefox 2.0 saying “Whoa! This site looks like it’s pretending to be another site to steal your password.” (or something like that) Then I clicked the button that said “Let’s get out of here!”
Firefox makes the world a better place. Period.