Keeping Your Gmail Account Safe From Phishing Scam
Gmail is among the leading service providers on the internet. It offers users a platform to share mail, photos, videos as well as chats. Owing to its safety, popularity and wide usage, Gmail is used by individual as well as corporations for purpose of communicating even the most sensitive and confidential information.
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.
To gain access to individuals Gmail account, login details are required. These include the users email address and the users password. This information is requested by the browser in use every time the user requires to gain access to the account where some browsers offer with the option to save this information when the same device is used to access the account.
Account holders who use different devices to access their accounts must always use the provided login information to gain access. Security steps are in some instances required to gain access more so if Gmail detects that the attempted access is not genuine therefore the need for user authentication. 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. Those who fall for this trick end up having their accounts accessed as well as information held in the account.
Where this approach fails, different approaches are used by the scammers. 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. 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. More important, there is need to understand that support staff at Gmail never requests fro security information through emails. 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. Account holders also need to seek for guidance on anything they deem to be from a scammer.