Phishing Scams

  • Don't be a victim. 

  • Always be vigilant so as to not fall victim to phishing scams. 

  • If you give a third‑party your access details by way of phishing (or otherwise):

    • the scammers are then able to take control of your profile and 

    • sign up for various products which can end up costing you thousands. 

  • Phishing scams work by tricking you into clicking on a link or attachment that either:

    • infects your machine with malware or 

    • takes you to a page that looks real, but isn't, and is specifically designed to steal your confidential account information. 

     

  • Never give out personal information 

    • Never share personal or financially sensitive information over the Internet. 

    • Most phishing emails will direct you to pages where entries for financial or personal information are required. 

    • A good site will NEVER ask for your username or password. 

  • Think before you click! 

    • Only click on links when you're on trusted sites. 

    • Clicking on links that appear in random emails, however, isn?t such a smart move. 

      • Hover over links that you are unsure of before clicking on them. 

      • Do they go the the website they are supposed to? 

      • When in doubt, go directly to the website main page and navigate to from there, rather than clicking a potentially dangerous link.

      • Always check that you are on the correct website.

        • Scammers can take you to a page that looks real, but isn't, and 

        • is specifically designed to steal your confidential account information. 

        • Always make sure the site's URL begins with "https". 

        • You should see a closed lock and the site owner in your browser bar 

        • If you do not see this, do NOT divulge any information and leave the site immediately.

How to choose a strong password 

A secure password is one a hacker can't easily guess or crack using software tools and one that is unique and complex. Below are a few do's and don'ts on how to choose a secure password. 


Choose a password that no one will easily guess or hack 

Don't use a word or phrase of special importance to you like a birthday or family member. That's the kind of information that can be discovered by someone doing a little digging. 



Make sure your password is long 

Longer passwords are more secure so pick a password that is at least 8 to 10 characters long. 



Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers 

The more characters and symbols your passwords contain, the more difficult they are to guess. For example, if you want to use the phrase "I Love chocolate" you can change it to "@1Lov3Choc0lat3". 



Don't use commonly used passwords 

Passwords such as 123456, the word "password," "qwerty", "111111", or a word like, "monkey" is easy to guess. 



Do not share passwords 

Don't write your passwords down, share them with anyone or let anyone see you log into devices or websites. 



Don't use the same password across multiple websites 

If remembering multiple passwords is an issue, you can use a password manager to securely store your passwords. 

There are pay‑for and free password managers available, for example Dashlane, LastPass, Keeper and even Google Passwords. 







If you suspect any fraudulent activity 

If you think your password has been compromised, change it immediately. You can easily change your password from ClientZone. Simply click on the 'Forgot Password' button on the login screen. You will receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. 

Remember to choose an unusual password and do not use the same password for all your websites. Use the tips above to help you create a new secure password. 




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