Anti-Phishing technology protects you from attempts to acquire passwords, banking data and other sensitive information by fake websites masquerading as legitimate ones. When your computer attempts to access a URL, ESET compares it against our database of known phishing sites. If a match is found, the connection to the URL is terminated and a warning message is displayed. However, you have the option to proceed to the URL at your own risk or to report the URL to us as a potentially false positive warning.
The anti-phishing database is updated by ESET regularly (users’ computers receive data about new phishing threats every 20 minutes) and this database includes information from our partners as well.
ESET Smart Security, ESET Smart Security Premium, ESET Internet Security, and ESET NOD32 Antivirus provide Anti-Phishing protection that allows you to block web pages known to distribute phishing content. We strongly recommend that you leave Anti-Phishing enabled (Anti-Phishing is enabled by default).
When you access a phishing website, you will receive the following notification in your web browser. By clicking Ignore threat (in version 8 and earlier, Proceed to the site) you can access the website without receiving a warning message.
It is not recommended to proceed to a website that has been identified as a potential phishing website.
Reporting potentially malicious websites to ESET contributes to the online security of other ESET users by alerting ESET security professionals about potentially harmful content that should be detected by ESET.
To report phishing/malicious websites to ESET for analysis, or to report safe websites to ESET for removal from the ESET Blacklist, visit the following ESET web pages:
Report a phishing website or false positive by email
Send reports of phishing websites to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to use a descriptive subject and enclose as much information about the website as possible (for example the website that referred you there, how you heard about it, etc.).
To check your Anti-Phishing protection status, follow the steps below:
In the main program window, click Setup → Internet protection
If Anti-Phishing protection is enabled, the slider bar is green and Enabled will be displayed in the Anti-Phishing protection section.
If Anti-Phishing protection is not enabled, the slider bar is red and Disabled permanently or Paused will be displayed in the Anti-Phishing protection section. To re-enable Anti-Phishing protection, follow the steps below.
To test Anti-Phishing functionality, visit the following link (URL) in your web browser:
To see the activity of Anti-Phishing web and email protection, check Tools → Log files → Filtered websites. It will contain information with visited links (URLs) that were found.
Click Setup → Internet protection.
The Whitelist is a list of websites that would normally be blocked by ESET, but are accessible because you allowed them. Potential phishing websites that have been whitelisted will expire from the whitelist after several hours by default.
To permanently allow access to a Potential phishing website without interruption from your ESET product, follow the steps below: