Online scams are methods that will make individual spend money using computer and internet.
This can be through bogus websites or even emails.
Though there are several techniques for scammers to get in with your computer for them to steal your hard earned money and identity, there are also ways how you can safeguard yourself.
This page will tell you simple tips how to cut down other people’s chance getting hold your personal information through you electronic device such as, smart phone, tablet and computer.
So what will you do to keep yourself protected?
- To protect yourself and your hard earned cash online from scammers, the first thing to do is not to allow any remote access on your computer. You can only allow such activities from your trusted source like your internet provider.
- Create long unique password, use a mix of numbers (1,2,3…9,0) and signs (?,#,&) with upper (L,M,N) and lower case (l,m,n) letters. Longer password is much difficult to guess, especially when it has added symbols. And make sure you regularly change your password and never ever share them with someone.
- Using up to date antivirus software is a must. It will check malicious computer services that computer experts coded and monitor files when opened. Up-to-date antivirus is a must to protect you with latest virus threat. So the next time you purchase your antivirus, make it sure it is genuine.
- Don’t just install software on your computer or phone, try to understand what software and where it came from. So make sure you are on a secure site when purchasing software, smart phone and tablet. Secure site can be identified with “https not http”.
- Switch on your firewall, this work as security shield that will stop scammer getting in with your computer. Normally, Operating system has built in firewall. So you will be notified if unexpected access happens in your computer. Make it sure that you update regularly and install new system upgrades on your system.
- Using latest browser version has embedded with latest features in security, so take advantage of using it.
- Never open unknown or suspicious emails, pop up messages, text link and attachment. Example email with unusually worded heading
- Legit company will never ask your personal information(!), even your log in details. These things should only be used on online banking when you log in.
- Before making payments using your online bank details to a website, make that the link is secure.
Check if the link is Secure
- Check a small padlock icon (?) or symbol in your browser window frame. This appears when you do some log in attempt or register. Note: Make it sure padlock symbol is not placed on the page itself, if it is on the page this is a fraudulent site.
- Web address of the site is ‘https://’. ‘s’ for ‘secure’
- Latest browser version puts the site owner and will turn green located before the address bar.
If you receive scam email
- If you accidentally open the possible scam email, don’t reply.
- Never click any links or even open the catchy title on the attachment.
- If you accidentally click a link opened a certain website, never fill personal information.