Cyber-Defense Tactics to Protect Your Personal Information
Online fraud takes advantage of the Internet's unique capabilities: sending e-mail messages worldwide in seconds or posting website information that is readily accessible from anywhere in the world to carry out fraud quicker than ever possible in the past. Here is how you can be on the defense.
- If you receive an e-mail warning you that your account will be shut down unless you reconfirm certain information, do not click on the e-mail link. Instead, use a phone number, or enter the web address yourself. You can also copy and paste links in emails into your web browser address bar. Do not click on the link directly. Clicking on a link that looks legitimate may direct you to a fraudulent website.
- Before submitting any financial information to a legitimate website, look for the "lock" icon on the browser status bar, or look for "s" in "https" in the web address. Both are indications that the information is secure and encrypted during transmission.
- Keep a close eye on your account activity at the bank and report anything that looks suspicious.
- Don't judge by initial appearances. Just because something appears on the Internet (no matter how professional the website looks) doesn't mean it's real. The availability of software at minimal cost to set up a professional-looking website means that criminals can make their websites look impressive.
- Be careful about giving out personal data online. If you receive e-mails from someone you don't know asking for personal data - don't send the data.
- Be wary of e-mails concealing their true identity. If someone sends you an e-mail using a mail header that has no useful data (such as
), it may be an indication the sender is hiding something.