Phishing is a scam that can fool innocent people into doing something they would never do otherwise (such as divulge passwords and credit card information). You can minimize phishing in Internet Explorer:


Click the Tools button on the toolbar.

You’ll see a drop-down list.


Choose Phishing Filter to display that submenu.

The Phishing Filter pops into action.


Confirm that the second command reads Turn Off Automatic Website Checking.

If so, you’re done; otherwise, continue.


Choose Turn On Automatic Website Checking.

A special security dialog box, Microsoft Phishing Filter, appears.


Click OK.

The phishing filter is now activated.

The phishing filter alerts you to any Web page link that, well, appears to be fishy. The link may claim that it goes to one Web page when in fact it goes to another. Or, the link may go to a Web site known for doing naughty things with people’s personal information. Either way, you’re warned.

If you suspect a Web page of not being the real deal, click the Tools toolbar button and choose Phishing Filter→Check This Website from the menu. After clicking the OK button, IE does a specific and thorough check of the Web site to confirm whether you’re being duped.