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How to Protect Yourself from Phishing and Internet Fraud

1. Password Theft

The theft of passwords and internet fraud is a crime. Anyone who gains unauthorized access or helps to gain access to protected passwords is committing a crime!

§ 202a StGB - Legal rights against the Spy on Passwords

Anyone who obtains data in an unauthorized manner which is not intended for them, especially protected against unauthorised access or makes access possible to others, will be punished with imprisonment up to three years and / or with fines.

In case you become a victim of such a crime, report immediately to the closest police station or to the government department against Internet fraud and computer hackers.

2. Secure Password

Passwords can easily be stolen by computer programs. How this can be avoided:

  1. For a secure password, it is important that a password contains as many as possibly characters. Characters should not only be letters, a password should always consist of both letters and numbers.
  2. The password should be changed regularly.

3. Password Protected Internet Browser

3.1. Internet-Browser: Firefox
Change settings in order not to store passwords::

Open FIREFOX:

  • Extras
  • Settings
  • Area: Security
  • In order not to save passwords, make sure the option "Save Passwords" is not activated.
Show Passwords and delete them:

Open FIREFOX:

  1. Open "Saved Passwords": here all saved passwords are displayed readable
  2. To delete saved passwords, click on "Delete all".
Delete Private Data (visited sites, cookies etc…):

Open FIREFOX:

  • Extras
  • Settings
  • Area: Privacy
  • Area "Private Data"
  1. Click on settings to check the setting for passwords
  2. To delete all private data click on "Delete now".
  3. To delete private data as soon as Firefox is closed, mark the option "delete private data as soon as Firefox is closed".
3.2. Internet-Browser: INTERNET EXPLORER
Security and delete Paswords:

Open Internet Explorer:

  • Extras
  • Internet settings
  • Area: General
  • Delete
  1. To delete Passwords click on the button: "Delete Paswords"
  2. To avoid someone can see which web pages you have visited or is spying on your data, click on: "Delete all".
Change settings in order not to store passwords:

Open Internet Explorer:

  • Extras
  • Internet settings
  • Area: Content
  • Area: Auto complete: click on Settings
  • Option: mark the option "Always ask if passwords should by stored".
  1. To delete Passwords click on the button: "Delete Paswords"
  2. To avoid someone can see which web pages you have visited or is spying on your data, click on: "Delete all".
4. How are Passwords Stolen?

Even with settings in Internet browsers designed to protect passwords, passwords can be hacked. Different computer programs make it easy for criminals to spy on passwords. Even if passwords are stored coded, it is possible to decrypt passwords with programs like "Password decoder XP“. Therefore it is necessary to pay attention to whom you give your private data i.e. your email address.

You are interested in more information?

Please also read our Guide for Dating Safety.

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