Maintaining a safe and protected online presence is an important task. The wonders of the internet are never ending, and there are so many ways in which we can use it to our advantage. Keeping on top of what is going on on your electronic devices, on your social media accounts and in your email inbox is easier than you think.
How To Recognize Phishing
Years ago, scammers were easier to identify due to their in person shifty behaviour or some other tell-tale body language signs. But today, it is harder for us to tell who is up to no good and who is legitimate in the online world.
Something important to remember is phishing emails and text messages may look like they’re from a company you know or trust. They may look like they’re from a bank, a credit card company, a social networking site, an online payment website or app, or an online store. Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment.
Here are some important points to look out for when trying to figure out if something is a scam or not:
- They might say that they have noticed some suspicious activity or log-in attempts on any of your accounts
- They may claim there’s a problem with your account or your payment information
- Asking you to randomly confirm some personal information
- There might be a fake invoice attached to an email requesting payment
- They may ask you to click on a link to make a payment that you dont remember requesting
- Tell you that you are eligible to register for a government refund
- Offer you a coupon for free stuff
- Tell you that you have won a prize, inheritance or a large sum of money
4 Helpful Tips To Protect Yourself From Phishing
- 1. Ensure your devices are all protected by using a reliable security software, and ensure that your updates are set to update automatically without your permission.
- 2. Enable multi-factor authentication on as many of your accounts as possible. Multi-factor authentication gives you an extra edge when it comes to cyber security. It makes it much harder for anyone to scam/hack your accounts.
- 3. Back up your data regularly. A smart way to do it for that extra layer of security is to have your backups happening in 2 or more places. For example, you could have your home set up with all your data, an external hard drive and your cloud account with all your information back up on it.
- 4. Whenever you receive an email, inbox message or text that seems suspicious, ask yourself: Do I have an account with the company or know the person that contacted me? If the answer is “no”, then it could be a scam. Your next step would be to come back to our tips on how to recognize a phishing scam, then report the message and delete it. If you are able to, block the person or number that contacted you.
Despite there being many sneaky scammers out there, don’t let this discourage you from living a life of freedom, fun and enjoyment on the internet. There are plenty of ways to protect yourself from any security issues when you surf the net, play at a live casino online or simply check your social media. The good that is out there definitely outweighs the bad.