Internet security is important in today’s world, after all, a lot of things are done online. For most people, it is impossible to go for hours without connecting to the internet. There is no doubt that smartphones, laptops, and computers are very important tools in today’s world. It is through these devices that people connect to the internet. However, you have to be careful when using the internet, because malicious people may steal your identity, documents, and personal information. As the internet became more and more popular, more and more fraudsters started to look for ways to steal from unsuspecting individuals and businesses online.
Here are steps you can take that will protect you from the prying eyes on the internet.
WHAT IS PHISHING?
Phishing is a scam that attempts to entice email recipients into clicking a link that takes them to a bogus website. The website may prompt the recipient to provide personal information such as social security/TRN number, bank account or credit card number, and/or may download malicious software onto the recipient’s computer.
HOW DO I KNOW IT IS A PHISHING SCAM?
- If you receive an email appearing to be from a legitimate business, requesting you submit personal information, it is most likely that Legitimate businesses DO NOT send emails requesting personal information.
- If you have received a suspected phishing email, please notify LIVE@jnbs.com
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Think before you click.
- Do not click on any links listed in the email message and do not open any attachments contained in suspicious email.
- Do not enter personal information in pop-up Legitimate companies, agencies and organizations don’t ask for personal information via pop-up screens.
- Ensure that your computer and antivirus program is installed and up-to-date.
- Use bookmarks in your web browser for the organizations with which you regularly communicate, to limit the chances of being redirected to malicious sites.
- Look for unauthorized charges or withdrawals on your credit card and bank statements/bills.
- Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails.
- Beware of emails that reference any consequences should you not “verify your information”.