Google is the primary source of information. What if you are getting incorrect information that can affect your personal information and confidential data saved online. From e-mails to net banking and buying medicines, we all are dependent on Google. The truth is Google calendar is flooded with scams. Google search doesn’t necessarily have to be correct and accurate.
Hence, we are here with the 10 most common things one should avoid searching on Google:
- Online banking websites
Always visit your bank’s online banking website. Since bank details are the most confidential thing, the person should be careful while performing any net banking task, your login Id and password need to be protected from the fraudsters. To stay safe from the scams enter the official URL of your bank’s net banking portal on the address bar as there are many fake websites that look exactly like the official website.
- Companies’ Customer care numbers
Fraudsters are always one step ahead from us, they post fake business listing and customer care numbers on the website portal. People accidentally prefer these numbers and share their personal information and bank details and become part of scams.
- Never download apps and software from Google search engine
Mobile users should always prefer App Store to download any particular application. Play Store for Android and App Store for iPhones. Searching for apps and software on Google can direct you to fake app installation with malware support. Now it becomes easy to take out your personal information and details. Never consider downloading a third-party app on your devices.
- Never search for Medicines or medical symptoms
Buying and even suggesting medicines on the basis of a single Google search could be dangerous. It is highly advisable not to rely on Google for health quires. Prefer going to your doctor for serious health issues, never skip the doctor’s appointment.
- No Personal finances advice and guidance
Every business has different issues. Taking advice from a common advisor on Google that too not professional can’t help. This is a very sensitive topic to deal with. Avoid taking advice from Google search results while exploring.
- Avoid searching for Government websites
Government websites hold your personal details like your name, address, card details and more. Since it’s not easy to identify the official or original website from the fake one, it is highly advisable while visiting any government website, directly visit the official website URL instead of preferring Google search results.
- Always avoid login to Social media websites on Google
Social media apps are the best and convenient solution if you are frequent users on social media platforms. But if you access your social media accounts via Google search, then its always advisable to directly visiting the URL of the website in the address box, instead of searching for a login page on Google to avoid phishing.
- Ecommerce website or offers
Google search is boomed by fake offers on fake webpages of different eCommerce websites. With these offers come some great and attractive deals to create interests in the user’s head. This leads people to click on malicious websites and finally, these scammers steal users’ confidential details
- No preference to free software or antivirus apps
Avoid searching for antivirus apps or software on Google, they can be a list of fake products. Since it is not easy to distinguish the original one, the fake ones can easily harm your device.
- Avoid discounts via Coupon codes on Google
It’s fine when you get a Coupon Code while shopping, else if you are going out in search of coupon code on Google might land on a fake website, where they have stock of fake coupons with huge discounts. This can easily allow fraudsters to steal your banking details and other personal information as well.
Cybercrime is increasing day by day. These 10 things should be strictly kept in mind before searching for anything on Google.