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Antiphising tips to keep your web activities safe

The world wide web is an ideal place for phishing scams because of the anonymity it provides. Phishing is the act of tricking a person to give out sensitive information over the internet by sending spoof or fake emails. To stay a step ahead of the scammers and fraudsters, have a look at safety tips to follow and promote antiphishing.

Practical tips

  • Do not open untrusted emails. When you receive an email from someone you don't know, it's likely to be fake. Mark it as spam right away to avoid accidentally clicking on suspicious links.
  • Look for trusted signs or logos. One of the best trick of phishers is to steal or imitate a firm's logo. A trick used by scammers is send a mail that intends to galvanise the person into action, such as stating that your credit limit is stretched. If you don't remember sending any query to any company, don't respond to any correspondence of this sort. Call the company or bank directly to verify the situation.
  • Never click on a url or link in an untrusted email. The best clue to confirm your identity is to follow the link in the mail which is a dead trap. If your curiosity gets the better of you, type the url yourself on your web browser to see where it leads to.
  • Get a reliable software. Antiphishing features are part of nearly every anti-virus and protection suite. Make use of this, as it alerts you of phishing sites. It also indicates if you are visiting trusted or untrusted websites.
  • Don't use the unsubscribe button. Most phishing scammers are taking the chance that you are a real person. It aims to annoy a user with countless mails and even saying that you can opt out and unsubscribe. Never do this as this just confirms that your email address is real.

    Vigilance

    It is best to stay vigilant when using the internet. Fraudsters are becoming cleverer each day, coming up with new tricks to lure the user to give out sensitive information such as bank data, passwords, and addresses. Keep your info stored in a safe place. Do not ever give them online and use the phone. If you have online transactions, check that the data are encrypted and SSL verified. Another antiphishing method is to check accounts and statements regularly to detect anomalies and report those to the right authority.

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