Security Tips for Operating Your Post Office Internet Banking Account
The India Post portal is certified and secure. However, it still makes sense to understand the following security tips:
Beware of phishing
Fraudsters following different phishing methods to get hold of your personal and financial details including usernames and passwords. Be aware of these methods and be alert so that you do not fall into their traps. Here are some traps you should be aware of:
- Do not open malicious attachments as these can infect your computer or mobile and make it easy for the fraudster to get details stored on your computers and other devices.
- Remember that even clicking on ‘unsubscribe’ links can be dangerous.
- Do not respond to pop ups.
- Beware of messages that use some personal information about you to win your trust and get more information such as date of birth, password, PIN, bank details about you.
- Learn to identify and ignore bogus calls, fake emails or SMS that ask you for personal details. Remember, no trustworthy organization will ever ask you to reveal such details.
- Ignore anything that announces that you have won a fantastic amount of prize money or that you are a lucky winner.
- Look out for odd spellings and minor errors in the subject line as this could be an attempt by the hacker to beat the spam filters and get into your mail box.
- Evaluate the ‘From’ address very carefully. It may not be legitimate. Avoid opening emails from unknown persons. Mark as spam and delete.
Password Management for better security
- Do not ever reveal your password and other personal details to anyone. Avoid writing such details in your diary or saving them on your mobile or computer. Do not allow your computer to remember your password.
- Change your passwords frequently just in case it has been compromised recently.
- Use complex passwords that are not easy to guess even by those who know you very well e.g. birthdays, names of persons or pets, birth places, patterns of alphabets or your keyboard are best avoided.
Some additional security measures
- Install firewall and antivirus on your computer.
- Use the latest browsers as the upgrades offer more security.
- Log out after using a sensitive application. Disconnect the computer from the internet when you do not require it.
- Do not use sensitive applications in cyber cafes and coffee shops as these places may be unsafe.
Be sure that the lock symbol appears with the web address of the page you view. It indicates encryption and more security.