I write a lot about staying safe online but in our world this subject is incredibly important. Over the next few months I will be writing about general online safety tips.
LINKS : If it looks suspicious, even a tiny bit, don’t click on it. Just don’t. Resist the urge. Close the browser or delete the email and DO NOT CLICK!
Your bank (or PayPal, or eBay, or ETSY, etc) WILL NEVER email you asking for your bank account number, your social security number, a credit card number, etc. If you get an email that looks like it is from a legitimate company asking you to log in to your account for any reason (like those listed above), delete the email. If you think it is real, delete the email anyhow – NEVER CLICK A LINK IN THESE TYPES OF EMAILS. You can always type the company’s web address into your browser yourself to get to their real website and check on your accounts. Never ever click the links.
A lot of link-related scams come in emails from what looks like your friends and family. Check the email address (you can usually see the address it came from by hovering your mouse over the sender’s name) – you will see that the email address is not your loved one’s email. The scammers are simply using their name to get you to click the link they sent and grab all of your contacts as well.
There are so many scams out there right now that phish for your information like this. Once you click the link – they have you! Sometimes all they get are your contacts, sometimes they take over your entire computer… and if you happen to click on one that infects your computer with ransomware you may lose all of your data, or a big chunk of your money trying to salvage your data.