Friday, September 24, 2010
You can prevent becoming a cyber victim by being extra cautious when you receive emails from people you don’t know. Cyber email “scams” that ask you to reply with your user ID and passwords are not likely credible and open you up to quick security breaches by the author. Many emails look like they have been sent to you by valid companies, but the “click here” link that they provide may not be going to the advertised vendor’s secure site, but to a site where cyber criminals collect confidential data to hack into systems or to steal identities.
Avoid becoming a victim by NEVER using email to divulge personal information like passwords, account numbers, social security information or other data that is unique to you. If you do use the internet for business and financial transactions, go to the websites for those companies and review their security policies. Most will tell you how they will contact you and how to report suspicious emails and requests.
Don’t become a victim by reacting. Cyber criminals use emotion to get you to respond quickly without thinking about the information you might be asked to provide.
Cyber criminals will use all the tactics and tools to get your information. Stop, read, understand and verify before responding. It could be YOU as the next victim if you let cyber criminal outthink you.