The internet fraud scam is a type of online robbery, that is becoming widespread day by day.
Here are some excellent ways to help you avoid online scammers;
1. Use strong passwords
Most of the time, the passwords that you use for your online accounts are very simple and easy to remember. Everyone does, fail to remember a long and too complicated password anyway? However, you must keep in mind that easy-to-recall details such as your birthday, mom or dad’s name, your name, and other personal information are not very ideal to set as a password.
To keep your information and accounts safe, you will want to use strong passwords exclusively for a specific site or app and not for everything. Typically, strong passwords include a combination of letters in upper and lower cases, numbers, and symbols.
Here are some little tips for creating strong passwords;
– Use different passwords for different emails and social media accounts.
– You may use a password manager so you can track your passwords easily.
– Avoid common words and number combinations like ‘yellow’ or ‘123.’
– Don’t use your name or birthday as your password.
– Use a combination of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols.
– Never recycle old passwords.
– Make Your Social Media Profile Private if possible.
There are many different social networking sites, and most allow people to see each other’s information. This means that any information you post online is fair game for people to see. If you want to keep your information safe, then you’ll have to make sure that you don’t put any information on your profile that you would not like the world to see.
2. Educate yourself
The most important way to prevent these harmful scams from happening to you is by educating yourself. Always verify that the company, business, or person you’re about to make a transaction with has a good and credible professional background.
You may check how many years the person or company has been in the business; look into his credentials or legal documents that prove his authenticity; ask around reference people or previous clients who can attest to the individual or business’s abilities, reputability, and integrity.
You should also be wary of any offers regarding financial services such as loans or credit cards that seem too good to be true.
Meanwhile, always remember that it pays to be careful when dealing with anyone who wants to offer you something for less than what they’re worth.
3. Never click questionable links or attachments on emails
If you receive a suspicious email from your bank, company, or friend, don’t click on any links or open any attachments until you become sure that they are legit. Opening these attachments can download viruses in your computer, which helps hackers access it through the internet.
Always verify the email by calling your bank or your work IT personnel. Ask them if they are the ones who sent the email and what the link or attachment is about.
4. Only Trust Secure Websites
Learning how to identify secure websites is a skill that is very essential in trying to protect yourself from countless threats in cyberspace.
The first tip for identifying secure websites is to check the background of the company or person who owns the website. It’s a good idea to do this because you don’t want a malicious entity taking up your valuable information.
The security signs on the website may also be helpful. For instance if you see a lock symbol before the URL of a website you’re trying to access, then in that case, you’re likely dealing with a legitimate website owner. Also, a ‘Secure’ or ‘S’ extension on HTTP—making it HTTPS or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure as well indicates that a website is secure.
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