The internet today has become a haven for online scams, scam artists and thieves.

If you are new to the internet you must understand the ins and outs of how things work on the net.

Even people who have been online for a longtime can get taken. Scammers are continually coming up with new scams and ways to cheap people out of their money.

Now with all that said, the internet is still a great place for many things like games and research. You just need to know how to protect yourself and your family while visiting the web.

There are a few rules anyone can follow while online and avoid online scams.

The first and foremost rule to avoid online scams is to never open emails with attachments from people you do not know. These emails can contain viruses. It is these viruses which are designed to steal information from people.

Although not ever virus will steal your information, some may destroy your data and make your computer run slow.

So what are some of the other online scams anyone should be on the lookout for while on the internet? Well, you should believe only half of what you read online, that is unless you know the source is trusted website.

While on websites, always make sure the address is pointing to the website you think it is.

Way too often people click on a link and think they are visiting a legitimate website when in fact they are redirected to an online scams website.

This is very common with pay pal scams and other types of online scams.

Dating scams are another favorite of scam artists. These cons lure people by chatting with them online sometimes for months before asking for money to fly to them.

They usually ask for half the ticket fare only to never be seen again once they have the money in hand. Also, more and more websites are being loaded with spy ware and Trojan viruses.

Once you visit the website in question a code is executed in your browser and then downloaded to your computer. This is becoming more and more common in online scams.

It is best to get an anti virus package that has a internet feature to help block bad websites and protect against online scams.

Once such program you can buy is avg anti virus, which will guide you with check marks next to websites while you are on a search engine.

Don't just give your money away because you think something looks good from a website you know nothing about.

Always make sure you check out the website before doing any business. You can do this by going to the better business bureau's website and call up a report for the company.

The internet is a vast place and you should learn how to protect yourself and your family from online scams. Sure you can have lots of fun on the web, just beware there are people wanting to take your money or destroy your computer data.

So in summery, the best way you can fight back is to become educated about the internet and what scam artist are doing.

Next make sure you have good anti virus software and make sure it is updated all the time. Also use a program such as spybot search and destroy. This program will help keep your computer secure of spyware and online scams.

Why not also have a friend or family member who is knowledgeable about computers check out your system from time to time.

Paying then a few bucks now may just very well save you from lots of grief in the future with online scams.



Source by Todd Jirecek