There isn’t a day that goes by when we aren’t using the Internet. Let’s face it, we’re practically addicted. It’s important to make sure we’re using the Internet wisely. Internet fraud is among one of the biggest problems technology users face. Unfortunately, with there being so many counterfeit sites out there it’s important to know the difference between reputable online sellers and criminals who use the web to steal from people.
Below are a few tips to help you avoid Internet fraud.
Read Your Monthly Statements – actively reading your monthly bank statements can help you monitor any unusual activity.
Passwords – create strong passwords that are easy to remember but would be difficult for someone to figure out. Including numbers and symbols can help strengthen the quality of a password.
Online Shopping – if you are buying something online be cautious about which online seller you use. It’s best to stick with sites that you know and trust. Look to make sure the site is secured by seeing if the URL starts with “https” and if there is a lock icon in the web browser bar.
Email - only open attachments from people that you know. Opening attachments from unknown sources can lead to computer viruses and potentially Internet fraud.
Software – make sure your computer is protected with antivirus software and keep it updated with the newest versions.