Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tips to stay safe online from scams and Identity fraud

These are just some tips I gathered from several government website as of how to stay safe online and protect you from identity fraud as I have noticed that lately there has been an increase of email scams that would lead to identity fraud.

• delete suspicious-looking emails without opening them
•If you opened an email, Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
• Do not click on any links.
• keep a good firewall on your home computer
• don't use the same password on all websites
• refuse to give personal information to any company that emails or calls you unexpectedly
• keep your credit card within view when paying at restaurants or shops
• don't respond to emails that seem to be from your bank asking you to 're-enter' your personal details; your bank will not ask you to do that
• don't buy online unless you see the golden padlock on the payments page, and a web address beginning with 'https'
• install all security updates and 'patches' offered by your computer software company.

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