After reading all previous posts you must have easily made out how easy is it and how prone you are to phishing attacks. In order to stay away from it you need to follow some basic instructions:
• Do not just click: this is one thing for every computer and internet user to understand that you should never go on just clicking as it is a very wrong practice. Do not try to visit any link or follow any URL unless you are very clear about the source. Avoid filling forms to the maximum. I’ll show you an example of phishing scam mail:
“We recorded a payment request from "-shopsafe.com-" to enable the charge of $ 95.73 on your account.
Because the order was made from an european internet address, we put an Exception Payment on transaction id #PayPal-m37321 motivated by our Tracking System.
This payment is pending for the moment, if you didn't make this payment and would like to decline:
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If you made this transaction or if you just authorize this payment, please ignore or remove this email message. The transaction will be shown on your monthly statement .
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. PayPal Inc.Payments Department.”
The above mentioned mail was undoubtedly a scam. Stay away from such mails, just keep your memory strong and read the mails very carefully
• Follow spyware prevention techniques: keep away from spyware. For which you need to be following the below mentioned techniques:
o Always read the given license agreement very nicely before downloading or installing any software more particularly when it is a freeware. Most of the license agreements are honest enough to disclose the spyware the program includes. So, before clicking yes, make a thorough check of this
o Take care of P2P programs: in peer to peer network software like Kaaza and all, the downloaded software sometimes have spyware bundled with them causing it to attack whenever required and grabbing information from the pc that might be highly sensitive. Make sure, you have detailed information of everything you download.
o Rely on only trusted source for downloads: before you download anything from anywhere never forget to make a thorough research on the company which is providing the software to you. Never download anything from websites that you don’t know or trust. It is children and ignorant adults who always fall prey to such tricks. People should be educated so as to warn them and let them know what are reliable sites or source and what not.
o Beware of pop-ups: these days, pop up is considered as the bestest way to intrude spyware into your system. Do not click and entertain the free download pop ups that you often get
o Use spyware protection programs: a very effective way of keeping your PC away from spyware is by downloading the anti-spyware software. Considering the amount and intensity of threat it is always advisable to install a anti-spyware program which might be free ware or paid version as per desire
o Installation of firewall: firewall is responsible for regulating incoming or outgoing data to ensure that there is not illegitimate software or programs coming in, neither are any sensitive and important data going out with out the consent of the user and in some cases, the admin
o Installation of antivirus: with a vision of gaining maximum access to your computer certain spyware tend to infect and spoil your computer. There has to be some strong anti-virus tool capable enough to prevent the infection from occurring and if at all it happens, the antivirus should be strong to remove it