Internet Security : 3 simple ways to avoid being scammed
The internet today is getting insecure everyday with the number of phishing attacks, spams and other increasing attacks.Who is the target in all these types of scams. Obviously you are the one who is the target. They are looking for your sensitive data, your credit card info, etc. But, being safe from these phishing attacks is more simple than what you think of it being to be. There are a few simple tips that can help you avoid being scammed.
Here are three of the best ways to avoid being scammed.
Three simple ways:
1) Use Mozilla Firefox instead of Internet Explorer
No, I am not one of those who hate Microsoft but Internet Explorer is not as secure as Mozilla Firefox and hence, I would advise you to use Mozilla Firefox instead of Internet Explorer. I have used all the common browsers i.e Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Netscape Navigator, etc and I have found that Firefox seems to be the most secure.
For example, refer the image above, when Firefox sees that the website is a phishing site, it will give you the above error. However, Internet explorer rarely or never gives such error reports to the user about any such Phishing websites. So, instead of finding it out myself, I use Firefox which filters most of the scammers.
2) Always look for this
Whenever you are going to type any sensitive information on any website, look for this. Websites use SSL certificate that gives you a sense of security. So, if you find a website that is asking for your sensitive data (i.e your passwords or credit card info, etc.) and it does not have a SSL certificate, leave the website immediately. It is much better to report the website and block it.
So, how do you know if a website has a SSL certificate?
Actually, it is a hell lot simple to find whether a website has a SSL certificate or not. That is, if you take some pain to look at the address bar. As you can see in the image below, the “http://” has changed to “https://”. This is one of the simplest ways of spotting a scam. If the address shows “http://” instead of “https://” then you shall not share any of your sensitive data with these type of websites. As said earlier it is better to report these type of a website as a scam.
3) Never EVER Give anyone any sensitive info through your email
However important you feel the email is, most of the companies have a policy where none of their employees can ask you for sensitive data related to your account or about your credit card.
So, if you find an email asking you about any such sensitive info, do not give them the data through email. Go to their website by typing the URL in the address bar. If possible, contact the company through phone and ask them if they have asked for such info. 99% of the times, it would come out that the email was not sent by the company.
So, whatever the urgency shown in the email, do not send any sensitive data through your email.
Make sure that you follow these three simple steps and you will be safe from most of the phishing attacks.