As its a Great saying " Prevention is better than Cure". So you must know to prevent yourself rather than curing after got victimized or falling prey to these hacking attacks.
|Protect or Prevent email account password|
information via a secure website or the telephone. Always ensure that you're using a secure website when submitting credit card or other sensitive information via your Web browser.
- Phishers are now able to 'spoof,' or forge BOTH the "https://" that you normally see when you're on a secure Web server AND a legitimate-looking address. You may even see both in the link of a spam email. Again, make it a habit to enter the address of any banking, shopping, auction, or financial transaction website yourself and not depend on displayed links.
- Phishers may also forge the yellow lock you would normally see near the bottom of your screen on a secure site. The lock has usually been considered as another indicator that you are on a 'safe' site. The lock, when double-clicked, displays the security certificate for the site. If you get any warnings displayed that the address of the site you have displayed does NOT match the certificate, do not continue.
- Remember not all spam sites will try to show the "https://" and/or the security lock. Get
in the habit of looking at the address line, too. Were you directed to PayPal? Does the
address line display something different like
"http://www.gotyouscammed.com/paypal/login.htm?" Be aware of where you are going.
sites and will alert you.
- EarthLink ScamBlocker is part of a browser toolbar that is free to all Internet users - download at http://www.earthlink.net/earthlinktoolbar
- forward the email to email@example.com
- forward the email to the Federal Trade Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org
- forward the email to the "abuse" email address at the company that is being
spoofed (e.g. "email@example.com")
- when forwarding spoofed messages, always include the entire original email with
its original header information intact
- notify The Internet Crime Complaint Center of the FBI by filing a complaint on
their website: www.ic3.gov
- Choose a complex password. If you use a simple password such as "password" or "rockstar" or any dictionary word, it makes it easy for people to guess your password. This is especially true if your potential hackers are friends and family members who might try to guess. Instead, choose a password that makes use of both capital and lower case letters, numbers and special characters like the percent or dollar sign.
- Change your password regularly. Every month, make a point of changing your password to a new complex.