Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tips : Avoiding Scam on Gmail

Almost everyone who is internet literate and often use email to communicate will choose Gmail as an email sharing platform. And yes, gmail seems to be everyone's favorite. Of course it would be very annoying when the inbox in our email filled with scam and scam spam. Is there a good way to avoid a scam on Gmail?

Basically phishing scams on the Gmail platform are much more technically developed. So far the development so that even the most experienced users can sometimes get into the trap on scammers. One of the most advanced scam techniques has even done a really good job, by tricking users into thinking that the login page delivered via Gmail's inbox is real and secure, but it's not.

The above mentioned phishing attack technique involves an email submission that looks as if it is from someone you know, or at least from someone in your contact list. Attackers use an email subject line that looks normal, probably from a contact that has been contacted before.

The key elements to look at are attachments that look very normal. When an email is opened, a tab will open with a Gmail login page that looks exactly like the original. Well, the basic idea is simple: the login page is created as if you need to login to Google first before checking the attachment sent. If you are stuck and instead enter your personal email address and password, then by then you also have handed the password and email address to the attacker.

How to Avoid Scam in Gmail

Most of the scam techniques mentioned above are not just limited to Gmail users, but also to other email users. Luckily there are many things you can do to avoid the threat of scam as mentioned above.
  • First, take a moment to check if the received email looks safe and it is sent by someone who is really known. Check the sender's email address, and check that the email sent is really a reasonable type of email.
  • Secondly, everything looks normal and you then click on the URL or link available in the body of the email. Then a page opens, and here's where you should check other things. Read the site URL carefully. If the link is from Google, then what should be read is ''. But the links the attacker is prepared usually read 'data: text / html ....' And this type is a very dangerous type.
  • When visiting any site, users should check their security by looking at key symbols (which may be green) and a green 'https:' clause as well (this is usually seen in the initial moments when you open a site address.
  • Finally, take advantage of two-factor authentication to secure your Gmail account (and everything that supports it). This means that even if you are fooled by the above techniques, the attacker will not be able to enter into your account with only email and password.

What if you continue Trapped

If you feel that your Gmail account is trapped and infiltrated by unwanted things, the first thing you need to do is log in to your Google account and change your password.

It's just sometimes very difficult to know whether Gmail account has been compromised or not. Google does provide periodic reports containing login history and you can check if there is anything wrong with your account activity. And although you can not find anything suspicious, changing Gmail passwords is the best solution.


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