How to Prevent Email Password Hacking?

09/06/2011 21:49

Don't use the links in an email, instant message, or chat to get to any web page if you
suspect the message might not be authentic or you don't know the sender or user's handle
 Instead, call the company on the telephone, or log onto the website directly by
typing in the Web adress in your browser
 Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for personal financial information
 You should only communicate information such as credit card numbers or account
information via a secure website or the telephone
 Always ensure that you're using a secure website when submitting credit card or other
sensitive information via your Web browser
 Phishers are now able to 'spoof,' or forge BOTH the "https://" that you normally
see when you're on a secure Web server AND a legitimate-looking address. You
may even see both in the link of a spam email. Again, make it a habit to enter the
address of any banking, shopping, auction, or financial transaction website
yourself and not depend on displayed links.
 Phishers may also forge the yellow lock you would normally see near the bottom
of your screen on a secure site. The lock has usually been considered as another
indicator that you are on a 'safe' site. The lock, when double-clicked, displays the
security certificate for the site. If you get any warnings displayed that the address
of the site you have displayed does NOT match the certificate, do not continue.

Remember not all spam sites will try to show the "https://" and/or the security lock. Get
in the habit of looking at the address line, too. Were you directed to PayPal? Does the
address line display something different like
"" Be aware of where you are going.

Consider installing a Web browser tool bar to help protect you from known fraudulent
websites. These toolbars match where you are going with lists of known phisher Web
sites and will alert you.
 The newer version of Internet Explorer version 7 includes this tool bar as does
FireFox version 2
 EarthLink ScamBlocker is part of a browser toolbar that is free to all Internet
users - download at
 Regularly log into your online accounts
 Don't leave it for as long as a month before you check each account
 Regularly check your bank, credit and debit card satements to ensure that all
transactions are legitimate
 If anything is suspicious or you don't recognize the transaction, contact your bank
and all card issuers
Ensure that your browser is up to date and security patches applied
 Always report "phishing" or “spoofed” e-mails to the following groups:
 forward the email to
 forward the email to the Federal Trade Commission at
 forward the email to the "abuse" email address at the company that is being
spoofed (e.g. "")
 when forwarding spoofed messages, always include the entire original email with
its original header information intact
 notify The Internet Crime Complaint Center of the FBI by filing a complaint on
their website: