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The following is a guest post. Enjoy!
Are You Worried About Online Security?
So, with all that we are using the Internet, the question of how can we be sure that our details are secure is of great importance to all of us.
Types of Scams
How To Protect Yourself Online
How about you all? How do you protect your identity and personal information online? How cautious are you about sharing personal information? How much do you worry about it being stolen?
Share your experiences by commenting below!
Jacob’s Thoughts – Listed below are my random thoughts as I was reading this article.
- This article is on a topic that is becoming increasingly important to all of us these days, as it really is a brave new world out there!
- It seems like I get about 2-3 fraudulent emails per day from people pretending to be Amazon or eBay (eBay posers are especially prevalent!). Typically, these emails are wanting you to think they are from the real company so that you go to their fake website and enter your login information, which can then be stolen. It can be very tempting to fall for these scams because the fake recreations of the real websites are generally very good.
- However, there are several methods that I use to avoid falling in to these traps, as discussed below:
- 1) I never use links given in emails to log in to the company being referenced. Instead, I simply type in the normal (reliable) address in to the URL field of my browser (example – www.ebay.com). This ensures that you are going to the authentic website.
- 2) You can generally also spot a fake website by the hyper link format in the email. If the email was from the actual company, it would be in the format www.ebay.com/payments (or something along those lines). On the other hand, scammers are forced to adopt a slightly different hyperlink format. An example of this would be something along the lines of www.v23r.ebay.info/wrer/payments. The scammers typically try to hide this slightly different address by using anchor text (the text that shows up as a link in the email) that is seemingly normal, such as “Login to your eBay Account.”
- I wrote a good reference post back in June of 2010 on this site (How To Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft) detailing several easy steps one can take to protect his/her personal information online and in general life. Two of the most important steps (in my mind) that you can do are 1) use Opt Out Pre-Screen to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive and 2) place a fraud alert on your credit report. Both of these steps are simple, effective, and FREE!
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