The world’s largest search engine has warned its users to keep their cash safe as hackers use a trick to steal private information.
The tech company noted that now that over a billion people use Google for personal and business reasons, it’s more important than ever to protect your online identity.
Google advises all users to beware of hijackers – scammers and impersonators who try to trick you into gaining access to your account and stealing your personal information.
“Some may use an account for abusive purposes, such as posting malicious content or exploiting credit cards that have already been stolen,” the company said in a statement.
There are numerous measures that can be taken to protect your Google Account and keep your money safe.
It is important to know that you should never share your username and password with anyone.
Also, to better protect your account and sensitive information, Google recommends never downloading files or software from a source you don’t trust.
“Practicing safe online habits is like locking your front door or putting on your seat belt,” Google noted.
“A few basic precautions can go a long way.”
Google recently released some great password advice for all users to consider for maximum cyber security.
On its website, the company writes: “Avoid creating passwords from information that others may know about you or could easily find out.”
It’s very common to create a password using the name of a loved one or pet as it makes it easier to remember, but it’s not worth the risk.
The search engine continued, “You should avoid using information such as your nickname or initials, the name of your child or pet, your birthday or year of birth, your phone number, and your street name or house number.”
“Avoid using easily accessible information that people can learn from your social media profiles.”