Don’t get fooled by phishing scams. Protect Yourself Online.


Phishing scams have been around for so long that you might think you can see through their tricks, by looking for strange email addresses, spelling and grammar errors and suspicious requests. Recently, however, cybercriminals have become more devious, especially when pretending their messages are from well-known companies such as banks, online stores, and entertainment services. This lets them bypass spam filters and use increasingly convincing scare tactics to steal your data. 

How To Protect Yourself From Phishing scams.



Last year, Google launched a Chrome extension called Password Alert, which warns you when a phishing scam tricks you into using your Gmail username and password to sign into a site that isn’t authorized to use Google logins. It works by scanning the HTML of pages to find out if they’re impersonating Google sign-in pages. If you log into such a page, you’ll be alerted to reset your password immediately. 


We’d also recommend the Netcraft Extension (toolbar.netcraft.com), which provides Risk Ratings and detailed site reports that are constantly updated to keep abreast of the latest phishing scams. It also checks if sites are using SSL encryption and valid security certificates, and – because Netcraft is based in Bath – it’s very good at detecting deceptive pages from the UK. Our only grumble is that the Firefox version of the add-on (it’s also available for Chrome and Opera) uses an old-fashioned toolbar rather than a tidy button.

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