How to Avoid Phishing While Online>
One of the most notorious forms of internet threat to users is phishing. Phishing is a method utilized by online fraudsters to lure and trick internet users into submitting their personal or financial information such as credit card info to illegitimate sites. This usually happens without the knowledge of the user as the site may appear genuine and ‘similar’ to the site that a user intended to access and only on vigilance scrutiny can a user be able to differentiate it from the legit one.
A user may be lured through pop up websites, email or false updates to a computer program already installed in the user’s PC. Phishing cons are usually interested with the financial or personal info of the users hence one should always be wary and cautious about sharing such info, lest these cyber criminals hold you at ransom when they obtain the info.
There are various ways that this can be achieved and they include:
Submit your confidential details only to sites which are secure.
For you to identify a secure site, then the web address of the site should start with https:// as opposed to on http:// without an ‘s’. The added letter ‘s’ shows that the site uses a secure SSL certificate and thus genuine.
Have anti-virus as well as anti-spam ware installed in your computer.
Most anti-viruses or anti-spam ware will have a feature which has the ability of detecting an illegitimate site and thus will block any attempt by the site to show up on your browser or attempts to have some unwanted programs installed into your computer without your knowledge.
Be wary about fraudsters’ sites.
Especially pop-up sites which request you to enter you username and password or financial details. Before doing so, do a thorough scrutiny about the authenticity of the site.
Be wary of emails from cyber fraudsters.
Emails that you are unsure of or have an attachment that you are told to download or need urgent response of some order or info that you don’t know about should always be avoided. To enable a rich user experience for yourself as well as for other users, you must report such emails to your email account provider.
It’s always good to ensure that you have activated the anti-spam and any other safety features to your email account.
Always ensure that you are dealing with a legitimate site before you go about replying to email or entering either personal or financial info.
If you are requested to validate, update or verify your personal details by a site that you use, either to make purchases or for other online services, ensure that the site is genuine before responding. You’d rather contact them before doing this.