Which of the three articles are these tips from:
1. Don't click on links in email, ever. Go to the Web site of the alleged inquiring party directly (type the URL into your browser or find it through Google) -- especially if it seems like a notice from your bank, eBay, or PayPal.
2. Start using OpenDNS. It's a great, free service that offers extra phishing protection for your entire home network without the need to install anything.
3. Upgrade your Web browser now. if you're still using Internet Explorer 6, you'd be better off not surfing the Web at all. If you're using Internet Explorer 7, I'd strongly recommend updating to IE 8 or switching to Firefox 3.0 instead. There are far more exploits in the wild for IE compared to Firefox.
4. Don't install anything until you've run it past a geek first. Same holds true for snakey emails. I always appreciate when my wife double checks with me before doing anything, although she's really good at detecting scams outright.
5. Verify the return address is a valid one. [email protected]
is obviously not valid, though more legitimate-looking addresses can be spoofed as well; it's just another thing to double check. As for links within the email -- I can't stress this enough -- don't click them!
6. If you didn't initiate a transaction to which an email is referring, it's likely a scam.
7. Don't send people money, ever -- doesn't matter how "dire" their situation is. I've been taken by people I trusted before, so... just don't send people money. Tell your parents and grandparents not to do this, too -- please? Internet fraud is huge.
8. Avoid buying cameras and normally pricey gadgets from anywhere other than trusted retailers. Seriously, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it is. Absolutely. 1000000% fake