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Reduce Online Fraud

Unread postby MrCharlie » May 13th, 2007, 7:44 am

Passing these tips along to "Reduce Online Fraud"

  • Don't respond to any suspicious e-mails requesting personal information.
    If you have questions about the e-mail, call the company who sent it, phone them and use the phone number provided by them from a statement or from the telephone directory.
    Don't use the number provided in the e-mail - it's most likely fraudulent.

  • Be suspicious of e-mails requesting you to update your account information - Don't do it!
    Watch for Phishing emails which often try to get your attention by telling you that there's a problem with your account. Be very careful....they look genuine....but they're fraudulent.

  • Don't send personal or confidential information using e-mail, it's not that sercure.

  • If you want to access your personal information at your bank, stockbroker, financial institution, etc using the web......
    Type the address in the web address bar, don't use a link from an e-mail.

  • When ever you transmit personal data online, make sure the website is sucure.
    You will see a lock icon on the bottom of the screen if it's a secure site.
    The web address will begin with https:/ rather than http:/
    You can see examples HERE

  • Try not to store financial and personal information on your laptop.

  • Maintain up-to-date antivirus and antispyware programs on your computer.
    Update and run them regularly.
    Keep up on your Windows critical updates - they're very important.

  • Make sure you have a good firewall on your computer - not just the one that came with Windows....it's not sufficient.
    A good firewall stops incoming and out going traffic.

  • Please consider using FireFox instead of Internet Explorer. A more secure browser! Easy to make the change!
    FireFox Tutorial

  • Don't download files (attachments) or click on links in e-mails from people you don't know and be very careful when you do from people you do know - check with the person first and scan the file with your antivirus before opening it.
    My rule is don't open attachments period!

  • Don't use automatic log-in features that saves your user name and password.
    Always "log off" after you're done on sites that require you to log in with a user name and password.

  • Don't use public internet-access computers in libraries, cafes, hotels and other public places to conduct personal or financial business.

  • Finally, don't store passwords on your computer.......turn off "auto-complete for passwords" and "save passwords" in your browser

Last edited by MrCharlie on July 10th, 2007, 9:57 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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