Windows Tips & Tricks
Viruses, Trojans, and phishing scams work by tricking you into clicking a link in an email to visit a site on the Web. The user is usually enticed with not-so-nice pictures or movies, free stuff, urgent messages pretending to be from your "bank" or "credit card company".
How can you tell if the link in the email really leads to where it appears. It's easy. But first let us show you how easy it is to disguise a link. This link apparently leads to Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/ . Well, click that link, it won't hurt you, we promise. Where did it lead you to? Was it Microsoft? Do NOT be fooled by this trick. Anyone can do it. We could show you how to do it in 30 seconds even if you have no knowledge of links or Web pages at all. Criminals don't need to be very smart if their victims are not very smart either.
Rule #1. The Only
Rule You'll Ever Need To Know!
You're The Curious
Tip: Another way to verify links in email with out clicking is to click "View" on the toolbar and make sure "Status bar" is checked. Then you can simply hover over the link and it will show the true link destination at the very bottom left of the email window. Try it on this link: http://www.microsoft.com/.
Another dead giveaway: You get a letter from Citibank that is addressed to "Dear Valued Citibank Customer", asks you to verify your "account information" and tells you to click a link to login to your account, NEVER click the link in that email. DID WE TELL YOU - NEVER, EVER, NEVER, EVER click a link in an email from any financial institution, bank, credit card company, or other institution that has your personal information? We did? OK, just making sure! :-)
If you have reason to check your account, open your browser and type http://www.citibank.com and login to your account. Email coming from Citibank, PayPal, credit card companies, other financial companies or institutions that possess your personal information, never send emails addressed to "Dear Valued Customer", Dear "whatever the bank name is" Customer; indeed, they always send personal email addressed to the name on your account. You'll never see a valid email which asks for sensitive information come to you addressed as: "Dear Valued Citibank Customer" or "Dear Wells Fargo Customer" it will always be addressed personally, such as: Dear Glenn Jones. A bank or financial institution will NEVER send and email which asks for personal information or for you to click a link and enter or update your personal information.
But, if you follow our #1 rule - Never, Ever, Never, Ever click a link in an email from a bank, financial institution or any company that possesses your personal information - then you'll never have anything to worry about will you. If you are not sure if you need to change or update your account information with any credit card company, financial institution, bank or any other company with which you have an account and therefore possesses your personal and sensitive information, It will take you less than a minute to open a new browser window and type in the Web address of that particular company. One minute can save you a lifetime of grief. One click in phishing email can wipe out an entire lifetime of savings and other bad things.
We can guarantee you that someone is out there phishing for you right now. Be smarter than the criminals. Don't be a phish.
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