Scammers are finding new and inventive ways to try to capture your information. Here are a few tips to keep your information secure.
1. Be wary of look alike website, text messages and emails.
Someone attempting to gain secure information will use a variety of ways to pretend to be a reputable organization. They can duplicate a website, send an email that appears to be from an institution or even send out text messages warning of errors with your account. You should always follow up these types of contact by calling your financial institution directly.
2. Keep your passwords secure and don't make them too easy.
Make sure you're changing your passwords often and be sure to make them difficult to predict. Never use birthdays, nicknames or pets names and try to vary up between characters, numbers and symbols.
3. Click carefully.
The web is becoming trickier and trickier. Things such as Google Ads, pop up links and Social Media Ads can be misleading. While you think you're checking out that really cool jacket that shows up in your news feed every day and keeps calling your name, it could be a false link to a scammer's website. It's always best to look up or google the website you wish to shop from directly and pay close attention to the URL bar before you click. Be sure to scroll past all the Google Ads in your search that are usually at the top. They can sometimes be paid for by scammers too.
4. Verify a site's authenticity before you buy.
If it's a little known start-up business, sometimes it can be difficult to know if a site is secure or not, but that doesn't always mean it's a bad site... just a small business. Be sure to do your research before making any purchases. A simple google search can sometimes weed out sites that are known to scam people. Just google the name of the online store you're shopping at with the word "reviews". Scroll past that store's pages and check out an online review site such as Yelp. People are quick to report if they experience problems with certain businesses and if there are a lot of review with similar issues, you may want to be wary of ordering from that site.