This Is A Little Guide To Help Protect Yourself.
The Ever Growing Number Of Spoof/Phishing Sites/Emails We Receive Almost Every Day, Are Out To Hurt Us.
Firstly What Are Spoof/Phishing Web Sites/Emails?
Phishing emails/Web Sites are an attempt by thieves to lure you into divulging personal and financial information, for their profit. They pretend to be from well-known legitimate businesses, and increasingly look as if they actually are. They use clever techniques to induce a sense of urgency on your part so that you don't stop to think about whether they are legitimate or not. You can learn to know what to look for and where to report these scams when you find them.
How Do We Combat These Spoofs?.
There Are Many ways We can look out for and Combat these spoof emails/sites, here are a few to help.
6 Ways to Recognize Phishing
- Generic greeting
- For example, "Dear customer" instead of using your name.
- Sense of urgency
May include an urgent warning requiring your immediate action.
- Account status threat
May include a warning that your account will be shut down unless you reply.
- Forged email address
The sender's email address may be forged, even if it looks legitimate.
- Forged links to Web sites
There is often a link to a web site to "fix" your account. These are often forged.
- Requests for personal information
Asking for login and password information, either in the email or from the link.
What Can I Do To Protect Myself?
One of the most important things to remember is,Companies like Paypal,Ebay,Banks Etc etc Will never ask for personal information via an email.
Also Look at the URL,For those who don't know what a URL is, Its the text that appears in the address bar at the top of you browser window.
I.E, If your on Ebay Uk the URL would look like This....www.ebay.co.uk and a banks URL would look like this....
Now there are some excellent free Toolbars you can download that will tell you either the exact URL that you are on or, even better block
Here Are Two Fantastic Toolbars To download.
This is a little toolbar that will show you the exact URL that You are on,Regardless Of what you own Address bar says.
The Netcraft Toolbar Is Amazing,The Netcraft Toolbar blocked more than 41,000 phishing attacks in its first year.
The Toolbar community is effectively a giant neighbourhood watch scheme, empowering the most alert and most expert members to defend everyone within the community against phishing frauds. Once the first recipients of a phishing mail have reported the target URL, it is blocked for community members as they subsequently access the URL. Widely disseminated attacks (people constructing phishing attacks send literally millions of electronic mails in the expectation that some will reach customers of the bank) simply mean that the phishing attack will be reported and blocked sooner.
The Toolbar also:
- Traps suspicious URLs containing characters which have no common purpose other than to deceive.
- Enforces display of browser navigational controls (toolbar & address bar) in all windows, to defend against pop up windows which attempt to hide the navigational controls.
- Clearly displays sites' hosting location, including country, helping you to evaluate fraudulent urls (e.g. the real citibank.com or barclays.co.uk sites are unlikely to be hosted in the former Soviet Union).
I Hope This Guide Can Help You Out!
It Has Me And I now Feel a lot safer in the knowledge That I have them installed.
They Can't do it on their own So don't Just rely on them.