Cyber-Safety tips for safe surfing

Cyber-safety is a big issue these days. As the web becomes part of our daily lives, we all need to pay closer attention to what we do online. From social networks to our email accounts, all are potential targets for scams, fraud and cyber attacks.

Here’s a message I recently received on Twitter from one of my contacts.

If I would click on that link attached, it would probably take over my Twitter account and post on my contacts wall on my behalf spreading this virus even further. In this case, I would delete the message, change my password and notify my contacts that this message is a virus and not to click on the link.

Here’s an email I received directly from a close friend which seemed suspicious and was actually an Email phishing scam. I deleted the email without clicking on the link and alerted my friend that her email account had been compromised.

Let’s not forget about Facebook scams and viruses which seem to be spreading like wildfire. Some appear so real that many fall for these scams. It can be hard to tell what’s real and what’s not since it appears to be coming from your own friends and family. Here’s one I’ve seen going around lately where it claims that by sharing a picture will get free heart transplant for a sick child.

The best way to protect yourself is to be aware, recognize the telltale signs of scam artists and fraudsters and take some steps to protect yourself.

You can check out some of these websites to see the latest online scams and threats going around.

Hoax-Slayer
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/
http://facecrooks.com/

Have you ever been victim of online scams?

Watch below Digitwirl’s Carley Knobloch with some more tips about Cyber-safety.

 

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Guess what! You won $7 million dollars! To confirm just give me your social security number, credit card information and a scan of your driver’s license. Oh, and while you’re at it, where do you stash your jewelry and when are you going out next?

You would never give out this kind of information (we hope), but you’d be surprised how much information you do give out all the time when you’re on the internet. That’s why we’re going to show you some simple, but important ways, you can protect your personal information and even avoid being tagged in pictures on your worst hair day ever.

Check out this week’s Twirl to learn all about cyber-safety. Now, what did you say your password to your bank account is?

Genevieve Lachance is a web marketing consultant who has a passion for social media and technology based in Montreal, Canada. Read More About Me »