Online Safety Tips

By: Mary Smith
Staff Writer
Published: Aug 19, 2021

Online safety tips and best practices on avoiding malware scams.

Online safety tips to help you avoid malware scams. Online scams are increasing through malicious software, and our safety tips will help you. One of the best online tips is to avoid clicking schemes to protect your identity and safety.

Malware authors are getting sneaky with their ability to steal online identities. They prey on new Internet victims who are willing to click on links from an email, or from a Web site designed to compromise your safety. There are various tips on the Web that describe Clickjacking and Phishing.

However, these two practices still need your authority to complete their scams. When you click on a link, whether it be from an email or Web site, you are giving malicious software permission. Malware can't be installed on your computer, unless you allow it.

If you visit a Web site, and it prompts you do download a program, unexpectedly, do not install it. This is known as clickjacking. This same technique is being done with email, known as Phishing.

Phishing is when you receive an email from your bank asking you to update your account information. When you click on the link, the Web site looks exactly like your bank's, but the URL address is always different. Please understand that banks and financial institutions do not email their customers to update their account information. When you fill out one of these bogus forms, you have just released all the information that the malware authors need to steal your identity.