Keeping Your Gmail Account Safe From Phishing Scam
Internet is a common platform for communication with Gmail being among the common websites used fro this purpose. 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.
In modern times hackers and scammers are taking advantage of the trust enjoyed by the site to coerce Gmail account owners in providing access information. The hackers in this regard seek for ways through which they get the login information of a target victim and use this to access the account without the consent of the owner.
Every account holder is provided with Gmail login information that is used in gaining access to individual’s account. The email address and password are the basic credentials required in gaining access to personal accounts. 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. Asking security questions is a security measure put in place by Google for better protection of accounts.
To get access information, scammers use different approaches and that are tailored to look as genuine not to make the account holders suspicious. If not cautious, account holders stand the risk of falling prey to such tricks and giving away important information that gives the scammers the access they require.
There are other approaches used by the scammers in the quest to steal the access information required from Gmail users. Use of forms that request Gmail users to login as genuine pages is also prevalent and this information is captured and used by the scammers. Application used fro this purpose are located in a different location with capacity to capture information from any device. Access to the account is thereby gained by the hacker which is a risky step.
Email account holders need to check and make identification of the addresses and websites used by scammers in their quest thereby an opportunity to avoid them. More important, there is need to understand that support staff at Gmail never requests fro security information through emails. It is of much importance that messages and alerts that the account holder cannot authenticate the source should be avoided through all possible means. There is need also to seek information from reliable sources on any material that looks questionable.
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