Wednesday March 23, 2011

How To Spot Phishing And Improve Password Security

It's also a good idea to check your mail archive to see if the email address has contacted you before.

Programs such as Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac can easily help you stay organised and steer clear from phishing emails.

It also comes with its own spam filter, re-directing suspicious emails straight into its junk folder, making it easier for you to forward on pictures of funny cats.

The most important way you can stay safe from phishing emails is to use your common sense.

If some stranger knocked on your door and asked for your bank details, you wouldn't immediately hand them your bank statements.

It's the same online.

If someone pretending to be the bank contacts you, phone them back and enquire.

And if you do phone them, use the number from the telephone directory, not from the suspicious email. It's the same with passwords.

Keep them safe and don't share them with anyone.

Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook isn't likely to contact you for your login details.

Remember, always be wary whenever someone contacts you out of the blue, and be sure to double-check before handing out any information whatsoever.

Use Outlook 2010 for PC or Outlook 2011 for Mac to make it easier to filter spam and spot phishing emails.

The Fight Against Spam Continues  

by SoftwareGuru

In a battle which Halo's Master Chief would have been proud of, last week saw Microsoft achieve a major win against spam.

They were able to dismantle the Rustock botnet spam email network by filing legal action and using "a court order that allowed it to work with US authorities to physically take the affected servers from hosting providers."

One of the targets for spammers these days is to take control over your social media accounts, or any other online profile you have that might have bank details attached to it.

Considering how much time we spend online there's no excuse for using weak passwords other than sheer laziness!

Security is an important issue and while we recommend Kaspersky Internet Security to our customers, ultimately you have to take responsibility for your own online passwords.

If you are a student and this advice all seems very obvious, there's always The Onion's satirical take on privacy, "Entire Facebook Staff Laughs As Man Tightens Privacy Settings".

All joking aside, always be careful with uploading personal content to a website you don't control because you never know when the security curtain could fall back unexpectedly.    

How To Spot Phishing Emails

Anybody who has an email address will have seen those emails. You know them as soon as they hit your inbox.

Some alleged long-lost relative has left you a fortune, and all they need in return is your bank details.

You're just about to fish out that bank statement with your account number when you think to yourself, "hey something is wrong here, how come I'm their only known relative, what about the rest of my family?"

While this may seem obvious to students and younger people, many older web users as well as parents and grandparents can fall victim to such scams.

Whenever you get an email asking you for any kind of information, always be wary, use your common sense, and ask questions to ensure you're dealing with the right people.

Known as phishing emails, these emails can often look genuine, using logos and may often appear very professional.

There are a few things you can do to immediately see if you've received a phishing email.

Check for spelling errors as well as poor grammar, look for a contact number or address, and most importantly, check what email address the message was sent from. Usually copy-pasting the email address of the sender and googling it will reveal if anyone else has complained about it.
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