DON’T GIVE YOURSELF AWAY
You need to be “stingy with your personal information”, Anna Collard says.
If you have a profile on social media, she recommends that you exercise great discretion about what you disclose about yourself.
“Don’t use your own name on non-work-related social networks; don’t post your date of birth, your professional role or your contact details. Use the privacy settings, and be careful about who you accept as a friend,” Collard says.
Read privacy policies, and don’t ever click on links in emails that ask you for your personal information. “If the offer sounds too good to be true, don’t trust it,” she says.
Don’t click on pop-ups that appear on websites. To verify that hyperlinks link to the email addresses that they claim to, hover your mouse over the link to expose the underlying URL.
You can confirm the real sender of an email by looking at the “message header”.
To confirm a gmail message header, open the message and click on the down arrow in the topright corner of the message. Then select “show original”, and you will see the message source.
If you have a hotmail account, right-click on the message and select “view message source”.
If you use MS Outlook 2010, you can verify the sender’s identity by opening the message and going to “view”.
Don’t trust people calling you trying to get you to click on links or download software (such as fake Microsoft updates).
Remember what United States founding father Benjamin Franklin said: “Distrust and caution are the parents of security”. And always “think before you click” .