How to save yourself from Online Fraud, Online Scams and Phishing Attacks

If you deal on the internet, you MAY be dealing with a Scammer, who might take your money and won’t send you the product or the website that you may be dealing with is a fraud website.

How to know if you are dealing with the right company on the internet?

 

Check for the website name in the taskbar.

If you are buying from a website, which is into selling stuffs on the internet there are few things you need to take into consideration.

1. Check for the website Name:

You SHOULD check for the name on the web browsers address bar, to see if it is the same website you are dealing with.

 

This applies when when you log on to a website. You may be an Email in the Link which may direct you to a website, which looks identical to the original website, but as you put in a username and password onto it, it stores it and redirects you to the original site and ask you for the password and username again and the Hacker without your knowledge will get access to your username and password. This mostly happens with the Bank Emails.

2. Don’t download or click anything blindly

If something is too good to be true, then it probably isn’t. Don’t ever downloads something from a popup window or websites that promises you free  smiley  or  Facebook  themes in exchange for  downloading  their little program.
– E-mail  phishing as we mentioned earlier are also another popular method utilized by scammers.
– Don’t click on suspicious e-mails.
– NEVER give your bank or credit card  credential  to to an e-mail or third party website, even if they appear legitimate. Double check the website address before entering details.
– Make sure you are on a safe connection(https:// before the URL). Banks will never ask your password through e-mail. The same applies for other websites, like Facebook, Twitter, et. al. Never give out your password to an Facebook app or you might find your account hijacked the next morning.

3. Use a better Internet Browser

Internet Explorer, especially IE6, is the bane of web designers because of its many flaws and  incomparability  with the modern web. That makes you a easier target for browser exploits and viruses than alternative browsers such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera. These browsers have better support for Internet standards and have more anti-phishing and anti-virus  measures than IE. Also install some ADBlock softwares etc WOT and SiteAdvisor for the Browsers like Chrome and Firefox.

4. Use a anti-malware/Spyware Software

For most people, free anti-virus solutions are more than enough to counter possible infections. Norton and Symantec and other Anti-Virus programs are a waste of your money as they are memory hogers, they actually use more system  resources than they should and slow down your computer. Don’t install 3-4 Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware problem, it doesn’t make sense.

5. Don’t click on Lottery Emails

A King from Nigeria has give you a SUM of 50,00,000 Pounds and someone wants to sent it to you. SCAM WARNING. Delete it RIGHT AWAY without even opening the E-mail. No one is king enough to give you even a single penny without having any work done by you.

 

These are the very basics of saving yourselves from Online Scams.

 

Dhawal D

 

 

 

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