Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cyber Crime Awareness For Rising Frauds Through Emails

Cyber Space is a word that defines worldwide network of computers and is now days popularly termed as Internet. The more its usage is increasing; higher are the chances that it is being misused.One of the major part of internet is e-mails and its usage has been increased extensively over the decade. Identity theft, diffusion of obscene material, online fraud, cyber stalking or bullying etc are some of the consequences that have rotted the cyber space environment.

Although crimes will happen but awareness towards it can help to fight against it. Here, we are going to share some tips that can help to safeguard you from falling a victim to cyber crime through emails.

#1: Do Not Respond to Alarming Message 

Messages that ask for a quick response from the receiver are generally phishy. For example: ‘You have won a lottery’, ‘Your account is suspended’ etc. Such mails are sent with the aim of identity theft and call for some confidential data that consequently leads to loss of account details or personal information.

#2: Do not Provide Login Details through Mail

Many a times, you click on websites that ask for the username and password of the account. Getting account credentials through fake website pages is the attempt by hackers to frequently receive information that might include account login information, credit card details, social security numbers etc.

#3: Do Not Click on the Links Directly 

Whenever an email seems to have arrived from an unknown source and it includes link to a website, do not click on directly. Hover mouse cursor over the link and confirm if it is redirecting to defined website. This can be very helpful to verify if the link is pointing to the promised legitimate website or not. 

#4: Check the HTTPS Connection 

Whenever, you are directed to a page where account login or any other confidential details are asked, ensure that the communication between the web server and web browser is protected by secure socket layer which is a cryptography protocol. It can be checked through the lock sign with HTTPS instead of HTTP in the website name.

#5: Logo and Images Could be Fake

Possibility is that the company logos and the images used in the email are fake. Low resolution images, mis-spelled text, subject in upper case etc are some of the factors that can help to detect a spam mail.

These are some of the cyber crime awareness tips that can be used to prevent fraud through emails. Although a user remains alert from his end, still there are chances that 10 out of 100 people are victim to cyber crime.

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