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Phishing Oh! e-fraud! What you can do to stay alert

1 Never trust strangers: Do not open emails from people who do not know. Put your trash and spam settings to filter the content of those not in your address book.

2 Double check with your bank: If you get an email from your bank asking you to disclose sensitive information online, call customer service center to see if this email was actually sent.

3 Look for the padlock: valid sites that use encryption to transfer sensitive information secure is characterized by a blockage in the bottom right of your browser window. They also have addresses that begin with https:// instead of the usual http://.

4 Use different passwords: Have different passwords for different accounts ensures that an account is compromised does not mean they all are.

5 Keep your eyes open: A spam is full of grammatical errors and typo (sic). It is not personal and usually has either a link or a suspicious attachment. Recognize and report such emails as spam

6 Be careful: do not leave your computer unattended when connected to your bank’s web site or when you have provided credit card information on a shopping site.

7 Greed never pays Do not be fooled by emails that promise gifts or money you’ve won a lottery. Do not part with sensitive information about online surveys. These are fraudulent attempts to get hold of your personal data. You can get 2. 000 rupees promised, but also a high probability of finding your account clean.

8 Use the keyboard, no mouse: type URL instead of clicking on the links to buy online banking sites that ask for credit card and account numbers.

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