How to Avoid Phishing
Because phishing identity theft is growing with more and more people going online to do their banking and shopping, it is very important that computer users are careful and alert when it comes to protecting themselves online. There are several things that a computer user can do to ensure that their information doesn't fall into the hands of someone else.
Be Wary of Email - Some people are signed up to received notifications from their banking institutions or online stores directly to their email, so it is not unusual to receive an email from your bank or favorite store. However, emails of this nature will address you by name, never 'Dear Bank Member'.
Don't Click Links - If the email includes a link, allow your mouse to hover over the link, but do not click it. If the link does not match the sender name, it is a good chance that the link does not go to the bank's website. If you're suspicious, always open a new tab or browser window and type in your bank's web address. If there is no notice of a change to your account, you should ignore and delete the email.
Always Check with the Official Institution - Always pull up a separate browser window or call the organization's number if you suspect that something doesn't seem right. Most banks now have an option to report suspicious emails that entice member to reveal their information.
The important thing is to make sure that you don't just read and click when you receive what seems to be an official email. Read over the email carefully, check the sender name, and more importantly, the wording of the email.
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