Steering Clear of Cyber Tricks (Australia)

Uploaded by ACMAcybersmart on 01.12.2010

Steering Clear of Cyber Tricks.
Free mobile phone.
Enter here to win a free beach holiday.
Bad luck if you don't pass this on to 10 friends.
With all the pop-up games, contests
and flashy offers on your phone and computer
you know some of them can't be real.
So how do you know what you can trust online
and what might harm you or your computer?
Let's start by taking a closer look at what cyber tricks of scams are.
'Free' offers aren't usually free.
If a website asks for financial information
like a credit card number to get your free prize
chances are you or your parents
are gonna find a surprise charge on the bill.
Some websites trick you into giving out personal information
so that they can send you more tricks.
Once you're on their list, it's really hard to get off.
If you pass a chain email onto your friends
you're putting them at risk of being tricked or worse.
Even those cool personality tests might be gathering facts about you
to make it easier to guess your password or other secret information.
To avoid falling for these scams,
think about these tips before you click.
Stay away from pop-up contests, no matter how much fun they seem.
You can't win and there's usually a secret trick,
like collecting information about you
and seeing if your email address is active,
or infecting your computer with destructive software.
Do a web search for a company's name
before you give them any information about you.
If you can't find them online the contest or add is probably not real.
Read the fine print.
It might seem cheap now but then 10 payments of what?
Sometimes websites just wanna steal your private information
and use it for themselves.
When they pretend to be someone you trust
like an old friend, distant relative,
your bank or even your email provider
that's called 'phishing'
No, not that kind!
Most legitimate businesses will never ask for personal information
like account numbers and passwords in an email ever.
Don't get hooked.
If you get an email asking for your password
or other identifying information
don't click on any link or file in the suspicious email.
Instead, open a new browser window
and log into the company's website as you normally do.
If there actually is an issue with your account
the site should give you instructions on how to fix it.
If you realise you've been tricked by one of these scams
or phishing attacks
take action.
Tell a trusted adult immediately.
The longer you wait the worse it may get.
If you are worried about your bank account or credit card info,
contact the bank or credit card company immediately.
If you receive a phishing email you really should report it.
Remember, everyone can help keep the internet safe and fun.
Let's review.
Be smart with your clicks to avoid nasty tricks.
Check out a website before you share your or your friends' information.
And if you realise you've been tricked tell someone.
Thanks for watching.
Stay tuned for more tips from the YouTube team.�