Phishing describes fraudulent activities that involve persuading individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. Phishing attacks continue to evolve on a daily basis.
We have compiled a list of nifty steps to take to avoid phishing scams and protect yourself properly.
- Be Skeptical and Reasonable
Skepticism is the first step to take when protecting yourself from phishing scams. Unless you are 100 percent sure that a particular message (email, SMS and social media messages) is legitimate, assume it is not.
Be wary of emails asking for confidential information such as your username, password, account number or any other personal/confidential information – especially if it asks for personal details or banking information. Organizations, especially your bank, will never request sensitive information via email or any other source.
- Be Wary and Vigilant
Very few times, cases may arise where a reputable company will need you to do something urgently. However, be wary that an exception to this rule is; usually, threats and urgency are signs of phishing especially if they seemingly come from a legitimate company.
You should call the customer care service line and explain any message you may have received to verify if truly, a problem exists.
- Browse Safely
You should as much as possible, use a secure website to browse, and especially when your activity involves submitting sensitive information online, such as credit card details.
A secure website shows the ‘https://’ and a padlock sign just around the URL. Avoid using public or unsecured WiFi services. Better still, make use of your mobile 3G/4G/LTE connection.
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