How To Avoid Phishing Scams
Before going into the how to guide, let's take a look at what is phishing. Of course, we are not going to explain the word "phishing"......the only thing you need to know is.... phishing = fooling.
Fooling users into downloading malwares or handing over their login credentials, credit-card numbers and other private information.
Questions you will answer after reading this article:
- What happens if you click on a phishing link.
- How to identify phishing sites.
- What are the best ways to prevent phishing scams.
- How to avoid a phishing attack.
- How do phishing scams work.
Here is how to prevent phishing scams:
1. Don't Click on Suspicious Hyperlinks
First, don't open the email "spam" folder, I'm sure, you will never get any useful stuff from that folder.
If you want to help other people, forward the spam mails to email@example.com.
When you open an email, check the links in the email by placing your mouse pointer over the link text (you can see a small portion of the URL appears on the right-bottom or left-bottom side of your browser window). This will help you to identify the real destination of a link. If you have the slightest doubt about a link, don't click on it.
The most important point is..... don't click on the porn links on social media (simply avoid them).
2. Don't Open Suspicious Email Attachments
Oh...forgot a special one, don't open the suspicious image files!
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3. Always Check the URL in the Address Bar
Do you visit "Faceboook.com" instead of "Facebook.com"? Of course not, because you know the Facebook URL very well. But that's not the case in other websites.
Two months ago, we have reported that the Google Adwords was displaying phishing site for "Bing Ads" keyword. If you haven't read that news article yet, go ahead and read it.
So, always look at the URL in the address bar and learn to spot the spoofed websites.
Also look for https.... lock icon in the browser status bar or address bar. That means, you are connected to the site securely.
Note: The website using https encryption doesn't necessarily has to be legitimate.
4. Never Giveaway Your Login Credentials or Personal Details
Never email your sensitive information to anybody, even if you are close with the recipient.
Here is a screenshot of phishing email asking sensitive information (maintenance scam):
Beware of such phishing emails. Email hoaxes like the one above often contain some sort of dramatic or frightening story designed to create a sense of urgency.
If you receive telephone calls asking for sensitive information, report the call to the authorities.
5. Maximize Your Computer Security
There are many people asking through our social media profiles about how to protect computers from hackers or "how can i make my computer malware-proof"..
You know, there is no single software to make your computer malware-proof...
So, what we can do is.... make a hard-to-break security for computers.
We have some excellent articles for that..... check it out:
1. Ultimate techniques to protect your computer: How To Be Safe On The Internet
2. Remove malwares from your computer: Smart and Easy Guide To Remove Malwares From Your Computer
3. Best tips and tricks to protect your computer from malwares and hackers: 25 Smart Ways To Boost Your Cyber Security
If you use the techniques mentioned in the above articles, you can prevent phishing scams easily.
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6. Check Your Online Accounts and Bank Statements Regularly
Check your online accounts and bank statements regularly for suspicious activities such as transactions that you didn't make.
Routine check will certainly help you to avoid scams.
7. Update Your Technical Knowledge
Reading security news, articles and how to guides can dramatically increase your technical knowledge.
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