9 Lessons Learned: Emails

By , November 9, 2017 12:00 am

How To Keep Off From Phishing Scammers

Using Gmail for communication purposes is a common practice in modern times. Gmail users interact, share, and communicate through this platform with ease and convenience. These features have given Gmail a wide popularity that makes it a convenient choice fro both business and personal communication requirements.

A major challenge has been prevalent where hackers have been employing different tricks with intent to gain access to individual accounts and in such way personal information. In this respect hackers use different approaches with intent of gaining the login information of an individual user and use this information to gain access to accounts for malicious purposes.

On joining Gmail platform, users are provided with information through which they use to access their accounts n the website. These include the users email address and the users password. When access is made from one single device, most web browsers have the option to store this information and thereby save the user from repeating the login details any time access is required.

When a different device is used for Gmail email login, the user is required to enter access information. Where Gmail detects this to be unsecure login, the user is required to undertake a security test that entails answering a number of set security questions. This is a measure by Gmail to provide with a higher and safer usage of its services.

Scammers using the phishing techniques however use different approaches to confuse account holders to give the login information. In certain instances they purport to be support staff from goggle and request the user to send in login details for account authentication. Those who fall for this trick end up having their accounts accessed as well as information held in the account.

There are other approaches used by the scammers in the quest to steal the access information required from Gmail users. They provide with tailored forms resembling the Gmail email login page. They proceed to request the account holder to enter the login information that is captured in a different site. This also leads to giving them access to the account.

The only way to ensure the phishing scams are avoided is to have ability to identify the scamming emails. Account holders with Gmail emails should understand that login details are private and should never be shared with anyone including those who purport to be support staff. There is need also to avoid accessing any email that looks to be from questionable sources such as those purporting to be from Google help desk. There is need also to seek information from reliable sources on any material that looks questionable.

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