Internet Security Tips
Don’t get Spoofed!
Web spoofing allows an attacker to create a
“shadow copy” of any legitimate website. Access to the shadow web is
funneled through the attacker’s machine, allowing the attacker to
monitor all of the victim’s activities, including any passwords or
account numbers the victim enters. The attacker can also cause false
or misleading data to be sent to web servers in the victim’s name,
or to the victim in the name of any web server. In spoofing, an
attacker gains unauthorized access to a computer or a network by
making it appear that a malicious message has come from a trusted
machine by “spoofing” the address of that machine. Phishing and
Spoofing often go hand-in-hand in Internet fraud.
Here are some helpful steps you can take to keep
your confidential information and your computer safe while on the
1. Don’t click on links in e-mail
messages. They could contain viruses. Instead, type the address into
your browser. This is a much safer way to locate the content.
2. Never share personal or confidential
information via e-mail.
3. If you are not expecting an attachment,
don’t open it, even if it comes from a trusted source.
4. If you use Microsoft Outlook to read
e-mail, turn off the Preview pane. The Preview pane actually opens
the e-mail automatically and any malicious codes could be released.
5. When you are finished using a Secure
Site, such as Internet Banking, LOG OFF and close your browser!
6. If your browser asks if you would like
it to save your password, choose no. Then, disable that feature from
7. Always update anti-virus and
anti-spyware software, firewall software, operating system patches
8. Do not use a public computer for
confidential transactions, such as Internet Banking.