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4 Steps to prevent online fraud! April 21, 2007

Posted by misti in Black Hat SEO, blog, business, Cloaking, Computer, cyber, Email Technology, free seo recommendation, Google, hacker, Internet, IT fraud, malware, marketing, News, Online Fraud, Search Spam, Spam, spyware.
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Would you ever handover your apartment keys to a unknown person? Not really! The world has grown very small and we are leading a fast life. So, in order to save time, we are really surrendering our “apartment keys” to strangers. Majority of us are now ready to part with their personal details like email Id’s, Passwords, bank account details and likes to the strangers, who they initially think as reliable options. From Call centers to Online Banking, people are falling prey to these Online Frauds. Online Frauds like phishing, pharming and online scams are really a matter of concern to ensure online security. So, instead of ranting about sneaky scams fraudstars pull on us, here are a few quick secured options to ensure security:

1. Do not reveal your Keys: Set unique passwords for yourself and make sure that no one gets to know your passwords simply by guessing. Passwords are like “apartment keys”, so ensure that no one gets the keys in their hands. Set long passwords like a minimum of 7+ characters (Combined with alphabets and numbers. Avoid every thing that is close to you that someone else might know. I know that its we often have a tendency to set passwords which we can remember easily, but it is advisable not to use such as your passwords. This could end clearing up your Bank Account, may be!

2. Stay away from Untrusted sources: Do not disclose your personal details to untrusted websites and strangers. For instance, Mr.Roy received an e-mail that asked him to disclose all his personal information or his bank account will be locked. Unknowingly, he filled up all his banking informations and personal details like credit card informations, bank account passwords etc..and at the end he got his bank account cleaned out on the very next day. So, now all the banks are informing their customers not to reply to these kind of fraud emails ever. Therefore, always be suspicious about the authentication of the mails.

3. Check the Security Stamps: Websites of banks, financial institutions and other online buying and selling have a security stamp on them to prevent any kinds of frauds. You can identify the security stamps on the url itself. Check if the Url begins with “https” instead of “http”. You will also find a security symbol locked in your browser.But most importantly, see whether your browser gives you warning about a site’s security information. Shut the webpage as soon as you find the certificate invalid. I am suggesting this because nowadays the phisers have grown very smart and they often manages to get a legitimate certificate. Upgrade the Internet explorer to 7 as this version helps you to authenticate the websites you open in this browser. Recently, Web browser Opera 9.1 has been powered with fraud protection server.

4. Ensure Online Security with Softwares: You should get one Software to ensure your online security. There are many softwares like
Symantec’s Norton Confidential which protects you from phising websites. You may get into some kind of online transactions and you may have to disclose your Credit card numbers to those websites. So, these softwares guides you along to authenticate sites only and promises to help you users manage log-in names, passwords, credit card numbers and other informations used for online transactions. The softwares warn the user when a online transaction is suspicious.

The above mentioned precautions are just the basic idea of preventing yourself from Online Fraud. You are genuine so do not let fraud bypass you. Stay alert and suspicious. That’s all I have say!

Related Links:
New measures to combat online fraud (With Video)
Prevent Online Fraud 
 
Prevent Online E-commerce Fraud 
Tips to prevent Online Auction Fraud

Recommended Download:
Preventing Online Frauds 

Recommended Books:
The Computer and Internet Fraud Manual– by Joseph T. Wells
2006 Fraud Examiners Manual– by Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
How to Take Control of Your Personal Security and Prevent Fraud– by Robert L. Siciliano
Business Fraud : Know It & Prevent It– by James A. Blanco
Fraud Prevention Techniques for Credit Card Fraud – by David A. Montague

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