Ways To Prevent Phishing Scams, As Told By The Experts

They happen to the best of us. You may think you’re not an easy target, but you’ll be surprised to learn how often people get scammed online. Scammers target individuals and organizations alike, compromising their online security and accessing their confidential and sensitive information.

Of course, nobody wants to fall prey to a phishing scam. So, how can you prevent an unfortunate cyberattack? Here’s what you need to do.

Don’t Share Personal Information

You don’t go around sharing personal details with random people you meet regularly. Why should the internet be any different? The only time you should give out personal information, such as financial information, is when you’re 100% sure of the recipient. Personal information must never be shared through unsecured channels, and definitely not with random websites and email addresses.

If you’re unsure of the business in question, visit their main page to contact a representative. You should also check the website address to ensure it’s secure. For instance, if it starts with “https,” it’s a genuine website. Make sure you also verify that the company or person you’re sharing information with is genuine before entering any details and making transactions.

Don’t Click On Random Links

Another rule of thumb: don’t click on those emails you see in random emails. Unless you know the sender, don’t go around clicking on any emails attached in an email or instant message. In fact, you shouldn’t click on suspicious links even if you do know the sender. Their account may have been hacked, and clicking on the link can compromise yours.

Some phishing scams disguise these links to look genuine. The URL may look authentic, and they may even add a personalized message to make the whole thing appear more real. However, you should avoid clicking on random links from known or unknown senders. Ask yourself: does this person/brand usually send me messages of this sort? Is there a way to verify it’s really them? Can the source itself be verified without clicking on the link? You don’t want to take any chances!

Rotate Passwords Regularly

Finally, make sure you’re updating your passwords regularly and not using the same one for every account. We know; it’s difficult remembering five different passwords. However, it’s better than compromising your account and falling prey to a phishing scam.

While you’re at it, do check on accounts you haven’t used in a while. Similarly, review your financial documents and accounts regularly to ensure no fraudulent activities are committed.

FraudTrac offers online fraud tracking services to businesses and consumers. We also encourage consumers to report malicious activities and business review scams online through our platform. Contact us today to get started!

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