Security For Computer Users

Avoiding the Phishers

Identity thieves are using more sophisticated methods to get consumers to divulge their personal and confidential information.

Phishing is fraudulent e-mail that tries to dupe recipients into providing their personal and financial information, such as credit card numbers or online banking passwords

It works this way: By "spoofing" e-mails, phishing attacks make it appear as if the messages comes from a legitimate organization that a home user may have dealt with, such as a bank or a credit card company. The e-mail may request account details for "urgent security reasons." The message may also point the recipient to a "spoofed" website that resembles the real financial site

According to a VISA survey of 1,200 Canadians, the majority of respondents with an e-mail address and internet access have never heard of "phishing and, if their bank or credit card company requested personal information via e-mail, nearly 60 per cent of those surveyed admitted they would likely supply that information.

How to avoid getting "Phished" in:

Final Words

It only takes a few minutes to protect yourself so be sure and be safe.

What is Spyware?

Spyware is a general term for programs that could monitor your computer use or look for personal data stored on your computer. We'll talk about that tomorrow.

As always, should you have any questions about your computer, do not hesitate in picking up the phone or writing... better to contact me and be sure.

Tom @ Tata Computers