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Ways To Prevent Phishing Scams In 2020

With the internet becoming a prominent part of modern-day life, it should come as no surprise to learn that the rise in cyber criminality is evident too. Ways To Prevent Phishing Scams In 2020

Ways To Prevent Phishing Scams In 2020

As technology becomes more sophisticated, so does the cyber-criminal. Individuals are targeted, scams are created and, on occasions, money is taken, or identities are stolen. It’s a horrific crime.

One of the most common ways in which people fall victim to a cyber crime is through phishing scams. They’re increasingly common in 2020 and, sadly, they’re a highly effective way for scammers to trick people. It can happen to anyone, too. You might be watching a Netflix movie on your laptop or exploring the Desert Treasure rewards from in Canada. Without a second thought, open up an email, enter some personal details into a box or click a link, and then, from there, you’ve been had. It’s a hugely common crime to occur, and millions of people from around the world have fallen victim to it.

There are numerous ways in which you can make it tough for the phishers, though. So, with that in mind, here’s a few ways you can improve your chances of avoiding a phishing scam in 2020.

Stay Informed

The fact you’re reading this article suggests that you’re aware of what phishing is, but also keep your eyes and ears peeled for news on the latest scams too. New phishing methods are being developed regularly, which is why it pays off staying in the know and keeping up to date with them.

Think Before You Click

If you’re sent instant messages or random emails, especially on untrusted sites, then ignore them. Should you click on one of them, it could lead you to a fake website posing as the real deal, only for you to enter some personal information and essentially be duped into handing over money or facts around your identity. Most phishing emails will start with “Dear Customer” and, on occasions, the grammar in the email is shockingly bad too. Stay alert and simply block and delete any emails along those lines.


Consider Installing An Anti-Phishing Toolbar

A free and powerful tool used to stop phishers in their tracks is by installing an anti-phishing toolbar into your internet browser. Most browsers come with them, they then run checks on any websites you visit, and then let you know via an alert if you’re on a website that is dangerous and known to be a phishing threat.

Ways To Prevent Phishing Scams In 2020

Check Your Online Accounts On A Regular Basis

Whether it’s Facebook or eBay, the average person has a lot of online accounts these days. With that in mind, it can be hard to keep up to date with all of them, which is why it’s important to remind yourself to do so; otherwise, someone else could be. Be sure to check all online accounts every few weeks, change the passwords too, as well as checking all your transactions and the like also. Put simply, if you have an online account you don’t use, then either check it regularly or delete it.

Keep Your Browser Up To Date

Most browser updates come with their own security patches, therefore making it vital you keep your browsers up to date in order to have the latest security patch installed. The minute an update is available, download and install it. Don’t ignore it or you could pay the price.

Use Firewalls

Consider installing a desktop firewall and a network firewall to keep the hackers at bay by making your computer a lot harder to compromise. Hackers hate firewalls.

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