Phishing scams are usually presented in the form of email spam or pop-ups, and are often difficult to detect. After the fraudsters obtain your personal information, they can use it for all types of identity theft, putting at risk your reputation. According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, phishers are able to convince up to five percent of recipients to respond.
Follow these easy steps to protect yourself from phishers:
- Avoid and ignore emails from unrecognized senders as well as requests that call to confirm or personal or financial information over the Internet.
- Visit banks’ websites by typing the URL into the address bar. Phishers often use links within emails to direct their victims to a spoofed site, usually to a similar address, as for example, mybankingonline.com instead mybanking.com. If you suspect that an email from your bank or online company is false, do not follow any links that are embedded within it.
- When conducting online transactions, look for a sign that the website is secure, such as a lock icon in the browser’s status bar or a “https:” URL, where “s” stands for “secure”. Besides, beware of phone phishing schemes. Do not divulge personal information over the phone unless you initiate the call. Be cautious about emails that ask you to call a phone number to update your account information as well.
- Beware of pop-ups and never enter personal information in a pop-up screen; besides, do not click links in pop-ups from unknown brands.
- Protect your Mac with antivirus and anti-phishing tools. Just turn on Safe Browsing feature in MacKeeper and keep your software updated with Update Tracker.
- Regularly log into your online accounts and check your statements. If you see any suspicious transactions, report them to your bank or credit card provider.
- Never email personal or financial information, even if you know the recipient well. You never know who may gain access to your email account, or to the account of the person whom you are emailing.
Remember that phishers and scammers always evaluate and create new ways of stealing your money. Read about “Tech Support” Scammers