How to Prevent From Being Phished
- Don't trust e-mail headers, which can be forged easily.
- Avoid filling out forms in e-mail messages. You can't know with certainty where the data will be sent and the information can be intercepted several stops on the way to the recipient.
- Avoid clicking on links in e-mail messages. Many scam artists are making forgeries of a company's web site that look like the real thing.
- If you go to a link offered in an unsolicited e-mail, look at the Internet address. For example the site address should state: http://wcb.com/customersecurity/ versus http://hackerhomepage/wcb.com/customersecurity/. When entering a "secured" web page, check to see if there is an 's' after the http (https://) in the address and a lock at the bottom of the Internet browser. Both are indicators that the site is secure.
- If you want to do business online, don't click on an e-mail link. Go directly to the company's web site and fill out information there.
- Use commonly available software tools to detect and eliminate "spyware" and unwanted "cookies" from your computer.
If you suspect you have been Phished follow these 4 important steps (click here).