How to Self-protect Against Online Fraud

In line with our new edi­to­r­i­al line, we have cho­sen to deliv­er a series of short infor­ma­tion­al arti­cles on new infor­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies. This arti­cle is one of those. In fact, although NITCs car­ry many oppor­tu­ni­ties, they — alas — are also marked by some great risks. Online fraud is the biggest risk haunt­ing Inter­net users.

Online fraud is a sub­set of cyber­crime that typ­i­cal­ly takes place at the appli­ca­tion lay­er. Although fraud was com­mon­ly asso­ci­at­ed with scams (for instance, the infa­mous Niger­ian fraud), fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions and iden­ti­ty theft in the past, its “poten­tial” has explod­ed in recent years — thanks to the many new ways to cash in on con­sumer-fac­ing online ser­vices and appli­ca­tions.

But unlike oth­er types of cyber­crime that “hack” into a net­work or sys­tem by obtain­ing unau­tho­rized access, these new fraud attacks can be launched by sim­ply reg­is­ter­ing user accounts and abus­ing avail­able prod­uct fea­tures offered by online ser­vices and appli­ca­tions. Con­se­quent­ly, the online ser­vices have become a part of the attack plat­form. The list of tac­tics is impres­sive­ly long.  To learn about, fol­low the link below.

How can you protect yourself against online fraud?

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, as cyber­crim­i­nal attacks become more sophis­ti­cat­ed day after day, it is very dif­fi­cult for the aver­age per­son to know which online offer or prod­uct is fraud­u­lent and which one is gen­uine. Even antivirus classed as effec­tive can some­times be bypassed by the smarter cyber­crim­i­nals. That is why we have cho­sen for you some pieces of advice from two spe­cial­ists.

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The first pool of advice is from Microsoft. Read the advice they give by click­ing here.

Sec­ond­ly, this video put online by The FDIC (Fed­er­al Deposit Insur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion) pro­vides addi­tion­al pre­cious infor­ma­tion; espe­cial­ly when it comes to finan­cial tran­si­tions, even offline. You can ben­e­fit from the advice pro­vid­ed by page rank by view­ing the video below.

Should you need more infor­ma­tion about self-pro­tect­ing against online tru­ants, please fol­low this link. In a few days, we are going to pub­lish a full report about the best options that are avail­able for com­put­ers and for all kinds of mobile devices. So please, like this post and share it in order to spread the word.

 

 

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