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06 May 2011

Internet Security's #1 Rule: Never Disclose Personal Information

Hackers and cybercriminals are always looking for ways to scam as many people as possible, so they often attack popular websites and trendy online resources. The most recent example of this is the phone scams that are being performed through Skype, a calling software program with more than 600 million users worldwide. In other to stay protected from this Internet security violation, you need to arm yourself with antivirus software and follow one rule: never give out your private information.

 

It is important to keep in mind that these cybercriminals are experts when it comes to lying and stealing from people, so of course they are going to sound convincing. Remember these hackers are in the business of exploiting people’s vulnerabilities for their own personal gain. No matter how scared you may be by their threats, it is imperative that you do not give them your personal information over the phone or online.

 

Today, fraudulent websites and even phone calls are harder to detect than ever, making Internet security increasingly harder. Any unsolicited phone call concerning your personal finances should be approached with a healthy dose of skepticism. If the person on the other end of the phone or the computer cannot convince you they are calling from a legitimate bank or other organization, the best option is to get off the phone immediately.

 

Internet security programs such as antivirus software are great ways to combat these criminals. The absolute best advice for anyone who feels like they have a scammer on their hands is to follow your intuition. When it comes to online fraud issues like identity theft, you can never be too careful because the moment you give out your information is the moment you surrender your peace of mind.