Many websites and blogs use Adsense and other advertising portals to publish products and services in order to earn money. However, many people are not as reluctant to click on these ads, due to the ongoing Phishing scams that are becoming more popular than ever.

What’s Phishing?

Phishing refers to an attempt to collect usernames, passwords, and credit card data by posing as a legitimate, trusted party. Often the deception involves using e-mail sent from a trusted address.

How do you know what Ad is safe?

First, know the source, like a brand name you know about and trust. In many cases these Phishing scams can masquerade any ad to look like the real deal. In order to protect yourself further, I recommend downloading the free WOT (Web of Trust) add-on for Firefox and/or IE. WOT is a free Internet security add-on that will proactively keep you safe from online scams, identity theft, spyware, spam, viruses and unreliable shopping sites.

Fake Antivirus Software Problem

Rogue antivirus products are among the latest Phishing tactics to appear on the internet. These tactics are quite convincing. They bear names like Antivirus 2009, AntiMalware 2010, and AntiSpyware 2009. What convinces the user most is the look and feel of these programs. They have similar interfaces just like the real deal. These fake antivirus products are showing up in search results with their own targeted keywords. The publishers of these rogue programs also have fake reviews recommending the product. If you would like to know more information on fake antivirus programs, visit our Security Category.

The holiday season is near and it’s also the time for more scams.

Surf safely all!