How to avoid being scammed online – yes, it’s a head scratcher alright.

I mean, how can we stay safe when there are so many pitfalls in the digital world? By the way, if you’re already financially supporting foreign princes and eagerly awaiting your impending nuptials with a blonde bombshell you haven’t met in person yet… it may already be too late for you.

For the rest of the community, we’ll help you differentiate between phishing and regular old fishing, and give you nifty tricks that will make you more internet secure.

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Community Meets tips on how to avoid being scammed online

How Dangerous Is The Internet?

In 2017, 76% of businesses reported phishing attacks, which is a staggeringly high number, though easier to understand when we realise that email attachments are still the number one way for malware to be delivered. You obviously have an email account, so exercise common sense!

In 2016, there was a surge in malware attacks. How are you coping with these ever present online risks? Knowing how to deal with them helps your pocket and peace of mind.

How To Avoid Being Scammed Online

Are you ready for the fun safety talk to begin? Wooh – safety!

Use Anti-Virus Software

It’s common sense but not everyone actually uses these tools, which is an error because they’re designed to do most of the heavy lifting. As long as you keep it up-to-date and run any suggested scans, then you should be relatively safe. But – to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum – the internet always finds a way to slip a scam through the filters! Cue dramatic music, thunder, and evil laughter.

Passwords

They say never to write these down on a piece of paper, but realistically most passwords that are stolen are taken online and very rarely are your passwords actually physically taken. One of the easiest methods used by attackers to gain unauthorised access to a computer network is via weak passwords. Do make them long and complex, and do change them every so often.

It is crucial that you never share your password with anyone, including support staff, or any other entity. If you suspect your password has been compromised, please get in touch using the Contact form located on the Community Meets website.

Secure Links

We are all about building secure links between people at Community Meets, and we also believe strongly in making sure you follow secure links online! A reputable website will have ‘https’ at the beginning, and the ‘s’ stands for secure.

Our offical URL is https://communitymeets.com

Phishing

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy company or entity in an electronic communication. In a nutshell, someone is trying to trick you into divulging personal information.

Fraudsters can go to great lengths to make a message, request or webpage appear genuine, so its important to always inspect the email or URL source carefully. If in doubt, contact the entity or person in question using an alternative means to confirm the validity of the message or URL. Certainly, do not click any of the links or enter your credit card details.

Sometimes, you will receive something and you can’t tell if it’s legit or not; trust your gut in these instances, as feeling something is off means there usually is. I’ve received a lot of fake PayPal emails and I can always tell because they look almost right, but they’re not polished like an actual correspondence from a big, reputable company.

Know The Scams

Educate yourself about the most common scams, such as the stings that advertise free trials; free online access in public places; pop-ups that warn about viruses; phone calls from banks looking for bank details and passwords; and, last but not least, ‘charity’ organisations that look for donations via wire transfer.

Now you know how to avoid being scammed online!

Community Meets and online scams

Now You’re Good To Go!

Phew, that was a lot of info!

Look how the girl is below, she’s beaming! That’s because she has applied all the knowledge from this article. As you probably already know, Community Meets is a web based forum for creating and finding events, which you can you use to make new friends.  We’ll never compromise your internet security. Now, what is the security code on the back of your credit card…

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