How To Protect Yourself From Scammers

Deyhen Ghey By Deyhen Ghey, 10th Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2faqsayk/
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Most people all over the world loves to browse internet and go from one site to another and we do not know if our personal information or the website itself is safe.Below is the list on how to protect yourself from scammers in the internet, create a strong password, maintain privacy and security of your account and know if a website is legitimate or not.

How To Protect Yourself From Scammers

How To Protect Yourself From Scammers

1. Dont use passwords or user IDs that include personal information like your birthdate or social security number.
2. Dont use your mother's maiden name as a security question . Pick something more obscure like your childhood pet's name.
3. Dont leave passwords in plain view-on your monitor for example.
4. Dont use the same password for multiple sites. If crooks crack your twitter account, they can access your bank account too.
5. Do create passwords that are at least 8-16 characters long, with a mix of capital letters, nujbers and symbols. They are harder to crack.
6. Do use random pattern codes to create passwords. For example pick two computer keys - say 4 and 7. Type straight down the keyboard from 4 until you reach the bottom (the letter V), then type one character to the left. Then do the same for 7, this time using all caps. You now have a meaningless but strong password that reads 4rfvc7UJMN, but all you have to remember is 47. Or use the first letter of each word in a line from your favorite song or poem.
7. Do change your password often, about once a month.
8. Do hold your cursor over an unknown link before clicking on it, and look at the bottom of your Web browser. It will show where the link is actually taking you to.
9. Do note the wording before the last period of a URL (just to the left of .com , .org , . edu , .gov etc.) It's what counts. So paypal.com is legitimate but paypal.1234.com is fake.
10. Do look out for links with the symbol of @. Browser ignore everything to the left of it, so paypal@1234.com is not a paypal site.
11. Do watch for deliberate misspellings - like paypol.com - designed to trick you into clicking.

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author avatar Deyhen Ghey
I am currently working for an outsourcing company. I love nature, cooking, watching a movie and reading books. Artistic crafts and blogging means a lot to me...where I can freely express myself

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Apr 2013 (#)

The main sore point is how to remember multiple passwords especially when we have to change them often - siva

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author avatar Deyhen Ghey
12th Apr 2013 (#)

We might find it somehow difficult to remember multiple passwords but you might wanna have them listed and keep them in a safe place that nobody could see.

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