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Top 10 Tips to Prevent Phishing
Phishing is a technique that involves tricking a user to steal confidential information, passwords, etc by making the user think they are on a confidential site.
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10 Tips to Prevent Phishing
Learn to Identify Suspected Phishing Emails - (See examples by clicking here)
There are some easily identifiable qualities of a fake email that are easy for you to spot:
They duplicate the image/logo of a real company usually the logo is skewed.
Copy the name of a company or an actual employee of the company.
Include sites that are visually similar to a real business.
Poor spelling and/or grammar.
Promote gifts, or the loss of an existing account.
Intimidation tactics are becoming more common; "Urgent action required!" "Your account will be closed!" "Your account has been compromised!"
DOES THE EMAIL SCREAM AT YOU IN ALL CAPS or have lots of !!!!!! at the end? The authors of scam emails tend to write over-the-top and very emotional content.
Check the Source of Information From Incoming Mail.
For instance your bank will never ask you to send your password or personal information by mail. Never respond to these questions, and if you have the slightest doubt, call your bank directly.
Never Go to Your Bank’s Website by Clicking on Links Included in Emails
DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT click on hyperlinks or links attached in the email, as it might direct you to a fraudulent website. Type the URL directly into your browser or use bookmarks / favorites if you want to go faster.
Enhance the Security of Your Computer
A vital way to keeping your information safe is protecting your computer with a good antivirus to block this type of attack.
In addition, you should always have the most recent update on your operating system and web browsers.
Enter Your Sensitive Data in Secure Websites Only
In order for a site to be ‘safe’, it must begin with ‘https://’ and your browser should show an icon of a closed lock.
Periodically Check Your Accounts
It never hurts and is extremely smart to check your bank accounts periodically to be aware of any irregularities in your online transactions.
Phishing Doesn’t Only Pertain to Online Banking
Most phishing attacks are against banks, but can also use any popular website to steal personal data such as eBay, Facebook, PayPal, etc.
Phishing Knows All Languages
Phishing knows no boundaries, and can reach you in any language. In general, they’re poorly written or translated, so that is great indicator that something is wrong. Really, if you never you go to the Spanish website of your bank, why should your statements now be in this language?
Have the Slightest Doubt, Do Not Risk It
The best way to prevent phishing is to ALWAYS reject any email or news that asks you to provide confidential data. Delete these emails right away and call your bank to clarify any doubts.
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If you want to keep up to date with the latest malware attacks, recommendations or advice to avoid any danger on the internet. Most likely major threats are now apart of our regular news that we see every day. Pay attention.