By Ashley Littles | Jan 5, 2017 4:55:28 PM
Phishing scams are rampant on the internet, and it seems the scammers are getting even more devious. Defending yourself from these attacks is actually pretty simple, however.
Here are a few common sense steps to take to ensure that you do not become a phishing victim:
Get the Best Anti-Malware Software and Update Regularly
The technical part of fighting off malicious attacks on your computing devices is largely in the hands of the anti-malware software business. These online security experts continuously monitor new malware being developed all over the globe, then fight it with updates to their sophisticated security apps.
Your job is to install the very best anti-malware software you can find on all your computing devices. Then update it whenever the software alerts you to.
Trust Your Instincts
. Company logo (is it clear or blurry? does it match the official one?)
. Email address (is it close but not exact?)
. Website address (is it made to look like the real thing?)
Question any urgent message. Is this really the way a company would handle an issue like the one described in the email?
Check with the apparent source before responding to an email, and do so with a direct email or phone call rather than a reply to the possible scam. Go directly to your financial institution's site to resolve any issue you think might be real.
NEVER click on the link in an email.
If it Looks Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is
You've heard that all that glitters is not gold, right? Not every offer for free things or investment deals that guarantee success is real. If you receive an email in your inbox that encourages you to click on a link to get some special offer or transfer large amounts of money, trash it immediately.
Protect Your Confidential Information
Most phishing scams involve getting you to divulge confidential information — personal, account-related or financial. They may do this by getting you to sign into a fake form or click on a malicious link.
Don't give out your valuable information unless you do so directly to someone you know and trust. This is the fail-safe approach to protecting your important information.