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Along with the popularization of the network, Internet scams also occur and vary. A lot of people are falling into the traps of scammers online and getting involved in financial losses and other problems. Can you recognize Internet scams when you see it? Here’s an infographic showing the top 10 online scams you’re most likely to find on the Internet. 

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How to secure your online banking ?

How You Get Hacked ?

 

1.PHISHING

 

 

bank phishing page

 

Phishing is a technique used to hack password or steal login details of  websites. Phish pages are fake pages that look the original web page where you’re taking the information from.You can see the difference between a phishing page and the original page is the address bar link , redirection post, and get method. To identify a fake link, Just check the address bar URL for the fake page or Phish page. It will be showing a different URL than the original. The best practice is to install a web security toolbar in your browser to identify the phishing automatically, and to stop your browser from visiting Phishing pages.

 

2.TROJAN

Trojans are a type of virus that steals your information. There are a few forms like keyloggers or RATs (remote administration tools). A keylogger monitors all the keys that you have pressed on your physical keyboard, stores them in a log, and sends the details to hackers. Using RAT, a hacker connects to your system anonymously, without your information when you are online. RATs have a huge list of functionalities and they are the best type of hacking tools available on the market. Now, how do you protect yourself from a keylogger? Just keep your antivirus software updated and install a key scrambler that encrypts your keystrokes.

 

3.SESSION HIJACKING

 

wifi hacking

 

We use wireless networks to access the internet But wireless networks are easier to hack due to their weak encryption. When hackers hack wireless networks, they take control of the internet data transfer and redirect the user to their intended path. Suppose you want to visit you mail account or bank website when a hacker gains access and then he redirects you to somewhere on the page and captures your account details. Packet sniffing is another way to hack account information and credentials using the wireless networks. Through this one can capture packets and decrypt information to get data in the form of plain text.Now if you want to protect your data you just have to hide your SSID and BSSID from being discovered by the other networks. You should leave the SSID or BSSID empty in order to prevent anyone to peep through your account.]

 

 

What Makes You Vulnerable To Hacking ?

Give up this habit for Secure Online Banking 

1. You used wireless Internet that was not password protected. 
2. You regularly conduct banking transactions through public Internet.
3.You continuously use ATMs in sketchy locations.
4. You shopped at a major retailer who has had their data breached by hackers.
5. You opened an Internet link via text from an unknown number.

 

TIPS FOR SECURE ONLINE BANKING :

 

Be Careful While Logging In :

1.Avoid using Internet Banking on shared computers like Café or Libraries. It’s always best practice to connect to your bank using computers and networks you know and trust. But if you need to access your bank online from different locations you should set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that will let you establish an encrypted connection to your home or work network and access your bank from there.This leads you to  Safe Online Banking .

2. Always Log off on Internet Banking and remember to close your browser when you are finished with your online banking. This will reduce the chances of falling prey to session hijacking and cross-site scripting exploits. Note: Use incognito window while using a guest computer. 

3.Disable the ‘Auto-Complete’ function within your browser

4.Install firewall and anti-virus software and keep it up to date to help detect and disable the malicious software,It will ensure you are protected from Trojans, keyloggers and other forms of malware that could be used to gain access to your bank data.

5. Don’t save your banking credentials in your browser. Disable auto save password feature in your browser. 

 

 

Use Your Account Safely :

1.Change your Internet Banking password regularly and never disclose it to anyone.

2.Always use strong password with alphanumeric keywords along with special characters, which aredifficult to guess and use different passwords  for multiple accounts.

3. Never write them down.

4. Do not give your account information to telemarketers or to callers claiming to confirm or verify your account information.

 

Be A Smart User :

 

1.Beware phishing emails and texts.

phishing email example

 

Think twice before clicking suspicious emails, Bank will not send any requests asking you disclose your Passwords, Credit/Debit Card numbers, Bank account numbers, or other personal or financial information. In case you get an email or a phone call asking your personal security details to disclose your password,Just contact to the bank. If you receive such an email that appears to be sent by your bank then treat it with suspicion as it may well be a phishing attempt to trick you into handing your credentials over.

Tips to identify a phishing email:

1. Hover the cursor over the link and look at the left bottom corner of your screen. You will see the link details. Where your bank link must start with https:// symbol along with your bank name.

2. You should always receive a personalized email from your bank. For example: Email should start by your name, but not dear customer or anything like that.

3. Your bank will never ask your for your login password or any account information over the phone and email.

 

2.Report Any Suspicious Activity:

Customers must follow their account activity in order to quickly identify and report abuse.Monitoring your bank statement each month is a good habit as you can easily find out unauthorized transactions .If you are getting notified of money withdrawal or online shopping and you feel you have not made it just report it to the bank authority as soon as you can.Some banks offer a facility for customers to set up text or email notifications to alert them about each and every activity on their account. For example, if a withdrawal matches or exceeds a specified amount balance a then an alert will be sent.

Tips to follow:

1. Setup text and email notifications for login as well as transaction notifications.

2. Regularly monitor your last login details in your bank dashboard.

 

3.Always use the official app of your bank:

 

bank official app

Download the relevant banking application on your mobile, avoid using the browser. If you can’t get your bank’s app, use a secure browser, especially on Android phones. install or enable remote wipe in your mobile. This is so that if you lose your phone, you can delete all information you had stored on your phone.This will lead you one step further to Secure Online Banking. 

 

4.Mind Your Security

There are few more things you should keep in mind while doing Secure Online Banking –

 

. Choose an account with two-factor authentication

. Create a strong password

. Secure your computer and keep it up-to-date

. Set up account notifications (if available)

. Store your computer information safely

. Backup important files

Remember hackers make benefit of your stupidity, We ourself fall trapped in cyber frauds, Make sure you are using your personal computer during any sort of banking activity and It is very important that your Browser is secured. If you are still confused about how to make it safe then we are here to help you.You can try our live chat facility where you can consult with our technical experts anytime you want.

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Tech Support Scam is a type of those Internet scams and it becomes popular these years. Two typical examples are “Windows Detected ZEUS Virus” Scam and “Your Computer Has Been Blocked” Scam

Once you encounter fake warning alert, you can help Microsoft stop cybercriminals by reporting information about your tech support scam.

You also need to follow the rules bleow:

• Don’t give control of your computer to a third party who calls you out of the blue.
• Do not rely on caller ID alone to authenticate a caller. Criminals spoof caller ID numbers. They may appear to be calling from a legitimate company or a local number, when they’re not even in the same country as you.
• If you need tech support, look for a company’s contact information on their website, software package or on your receipt.
• Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone who calls and claims to be from tech support.
• If a caller pressures you to buy a computer security product or says there is a subscription fee associated with the call, hang up. If you’re concerned about your computer, call your security software company directly and ask for help.
•   Never give your password over the phone. No legitimate organization calls you and asks for your password.

More information you may be interested in:

Tech support scams persist with increasingly crafty techniques

Watch out! Tech support scams exploiting worldwide ransomware scare

 

 

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Nice thread, I wish I saw this before my information got stolen last month.

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very good tips

got skype hacked by fake site.... stupid me

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There is definitely some useful info there! We should stay up-to-date with the different types of scams in the world today :unsure: Currently, criminals are very creative, which is detrimental to our protection tactics! What I've learned from this is that doing something to secure your data is important, but you should also be aware of some of the major scamming approaches there are, so that you can spot the danger before it is too late. If I can give you one simple piece of advice: it is to be careful with what kind of personal information you post online or share with random sites. You can never really know people's intentions :sad:

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