Nobody could find out my password through an e-mail, or could they? You receive an e-mail from a known or unknown sender. As instructed you click on the attached link and log in to the website. But how safe is it? How will you know if someone is trying to steal your password?

From time to time everyone receives an e-mail from an unknown sender, or the e-mail contains content that they don't expect, haven't requested, or that's unusual in another way. These are usually what are known as phishing e-mails. Phishing can also take place by phone.

Criminals use phishing to get their hands on your money or to secretly install a malicious programme on your computer. Phishing can take various forms, such as an e-mail that appears to come from someone you know asking for your login details, for example.

Cyber criminals are constantly creating new ways of conning you by e-mail. And sometimes they will go a pretty long way to do this. Getting hold of your personal details through an e-mail and then misusing them for unlawful ends can pay off. If a cybercriminal gets hold of the login details for your bank, for instance, and withdraws money from your account. Criminals may also send e-mails in which they try to con you into replying with your personal details or by clicking on a link. Once you've clicked on the link, a malicious programme is installed on your computer without you even realising it.

Do you recognise password pilferers?