Take a Closer Look, Be Safe

A few days ago, a close friend told me that someone tried to steal their email account! To add to that scare, I was recently forwarded a scam offer that looked legit until I looked a little closer. I decided to take these two warnings and post a few bits for you to look out for too.

Be aware and be safe.

What to look for on the website:

  • Does the site URL (in the address bar) match the site you THINK you are on?
    Not sure? Do a Google search for the site you think your on and compare the URLs.
  • When you click on the back button or try to close the window, are there a bunch of intentionally misleading pop up boxes asking you to stay?

What to look for in that email:

  • Does the from address match what you expect? (info@e.bay.com is not the same as info@ebay.com)
  • If suspicious, go to the website referenced in the email separately from the email. In other words, open the browser and either use your own bookmark, type in the URL, or Google the company.
  • If you are told to make a phone call to your bank (or a company). Don’t use the phone # in the email. Use the phone number published the bank/company website (that you went to independently of the suspect email).

A couple of the sites I reference are:

Basic Security

  • Make your passwords long
  • Use different passwords for different sites
  • Don’t share you passwords on websites, with tech support, through emails, or on post-it notes.
    (if you’d like to keep track of your passwords, use a secure method like keepass)
  • Change your passwords from time to time
  • Answer security questions with fake answers (social media makes those pretty easy to hack these days!)
  • Check and adjust your privacy settings on all social media periodically

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