Parents need to teach his child to spot a fake account/ email/ link.
Start it by searching a fake account and then discuss it with your child.Guide him on how he can identify a fake account.
A) Here are some key features of a fake profile on a website.
– The profile is almost empty
When it comes to any kind of social networking website, usually real person always takes the time to fill out their online profile. Even if they were to put it off the first day they joined, a real person would go back later to fill out any information they have missed.You can keep this in mind when you accept a friend request.
– Occupation is modeling
It seems that most people who are representing fake identities always choose the modeling occupation.
– Has only one picture
If they represent themselves using just one picture more than likely it can be a fake profile
– Profile has links to adult websites
If you are talking to fake profile, you will notice that they have an URL in their profile that links to an adult related website.
– Create Drama
They try to get sympathy, create drama, talk how life is cruel with them, etc
B) Steps to keep in mind to identify fake email or URL
– Incorrect URL
Hackers use fake sites to steal your information. Watch to make sure the URL is actually the one you want to be going to— if you notice the URL is different, that’s a good indication that the site is fake and you should NOT enter your information. There’s a number of ways you can protect yourself from this:
– Sender’s Email Address
You can also check who sent the email by looking at the send address. It may say it’s from your friend, but the email id is something which you have never heard of.
Misspellings or grammatical errors are another sure sign that the message or site is fake.
– Request for personal information
Fake emails often ask you to reply to the message with confidential information.One tactic that is commonly used by hackers is to alert you that you must provide and/or update your personal information about an account (e.g., Social Security number, bank account details, account password). Phishers will use this tactic to drive urgency for someone to click on a malicious URL or download an attachment aiming to infect the user’s computer or steal their information.
– Suspicious attachments
Is this new email in your inbox the first time your bank has sent you an attachment? The majority of financial institutions or retailers will not send out attachments via email, so be careful about opening any from senders or messages that seem suspicious. High risk attachments file types include: .exe, .scr, .zip, .com, .bat.
Let us stay safe online!
PS: Visit www.wisenetizen.com and use free resources for educating your child about #cybersafety.Take Care 🙂