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Step Fifteen - How to Remain Informed

Always remain updated with current and future security threats

Now that we have sufficiently discussed all the threats to your online security, let’s try to review and summarize how you can remain informed about any potential threats.

The Internet and e-mail are incredible resources that everyone makes use of in order to communicate with each other.

Regretably, it is also being used for lots of cunning activities such as scammers that try to use the e-mail in order to get money from computer users.

Luckily, there is also an easy way to recognize any scamming attempts that might arrive through e-mail.

Knowledge is empowering and the descriptions indicated below are three of the email scams which are currently being used by scrupulous individuals. Always remain informed and read onwards.

Phishing Scams

This is how this e-mail scam functions: generally, you will get an e-mail from a service online provider or through a bank that might ask you to go and click a specific link or to visit a particular website and from there you will be asked to provide your personal info.

This kind of scam is called phishing.

More basically, this scam is where victims are asked and tricked into entering all their personal info such as passwords, account numbers to an organization or company that might present themselves as legitimate.

Ingenious scammers who try to create a website that looks a lot like the authentic web site tend to carry out this trick.

E-mails are usually used in order to invite and bait potential online victims in order to go to the fake website.

As much as you can, try to always be very careful and wary of e-mails that request you to click a link and give out some personal sensitive info such as any bank details.

You should also know that any info provided on these fake sites will be farmed and harvested by scammers which they will in turn use in order to steal the funds from the user’s bank account or steal the victim's identity.

Always try to be aware that legitimate companies will never ask you for any sensitive info through e-mail.

Also, you should never, ever click on these e-mail links. And never give out any info about yourself. If there are any doubts on the veracity of the e-mail, it will always be best to contact the legitimate company directly.

How to detect a scam if you see one

In general, a scam contains the following characteristics. It promises to give you lots of money, lots of prizes or a very good job.

It also sometimes requests some donations, and it also sometimes proposes business deals which might be lucrative. It also asks from you that you provide personal and very sensitive info. Further, it also sometimes requests from you that you follow a specific link to a particular website and log in to a particular account.

Teaching yourself is an essential contribution against being vulnerable to fraud as well as any virus or threat on your personal security.

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