The number of manual account hijacking cases is small, but such incidents can be distressing to users and they can result in significant financial loss.
Research by Google and the University of California, San Diego found that by analysing manual hijacking cases that occurred at Google between 2011 and 2014, there are only nine incidents per million Google users per day.
While many people believe phishing is not a very effective technique because fake websites are easy to identify, Google says rogue sites actually work 45 per cent of the time. Even the most obvious fakes deceive three per cent of users, it found.
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