Some emails can be ‘copy cat’ emails.

One common phishing technique is to send you an email claiming to be from a website like PayPal or EBay, Facebook, MySpace, or perhaps the IRS, Steam, or World Of Warcraft. The email contains a link to a faked version of the real website, where they hope you’ll enter your log-in credentials or other private information, before you discover it’s not the real website.

Check Out Companies

Check out companies to find out Who You’re really dealing with – When you’re online, a little research can save you a lot of money. If you see an ad or an offer that looks good to you, take a moment to check out the company behind it.

Always have an up to date antivirus installed a free antivirus is better than no antivirus, if possible use a premium product.

The best protection is to run a reputable antivirus program; preferably with at least one Virus Bulletin award (Independent certification program) we offer a Free version, with a 30 day premium trial which can be found here http://www.preventononline.com/antivirus-versions/

Makes sure your computer is running a firewall

Run at least the windows firewall. Firewalls monitor traffic between your computer or network and the Internet and are your first and best line of defence. Most operating systems come with a firewall, but it won’t help you if you don’t activate it.

Don’t share information with anyone unless you are sure you know they are genuine.

For example: many scam sights can imitate your own banking site and be very convincing.

Use strong and varied password

Do not use the same password for all sites. While short, simple passwords may be easier to remember, they’re also easier for hackers to crack. When banking online or accessing other sites that may reveal personal or financial information, use passwords with at least 10 characters and include combinations of letters, numbers and symbols. Change passwords regularly.

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