Google has become a very important part of our lives. If we want to know anything, the first thing we do is a Google search. Google search is the most used search engine in the World and it has made our life very easy by helping with the instant search option.
Be it buying medicines or looking for a good restaurant, the first thing we do is a Google search. One thing you must know is Google is not the creator of this content but just a search engine where you can find websites which provide the information you need. The information which comes up on Google may not be accurate. This is why you have to be very careful while searching for anything on Google. In case you are not careful, there are chances of losing your hard-earned money to fraudsters.
In this blog, we have listed the things you should not search on Google.
Here are the things you should never search on Google to stay safe from online frauds:
1. Your bank’s online banking websites
You must never search for banks online banking website on Google; unless you know the correct official URL. To stay safe from frauds, it is advisable to enter the official URL of your bank’s online banking portal. This is because fraudsters have set up many fake websites; which look exactly like the bank’s official website. These are done with the intention of stealing your personal banking information.
2. Customer care number
You must never search for customer care numbers of any company on Google. Instead, you have to visit the official website of the company and collect the customer care number. This is because cybercriminals post fake business listings and fake customer care numbers online; with the intention of cheating people who are looking to get in touch with the customer support team. This is the most common fraud these days and many people have fallen prey to this fraud.
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3. Do not search for apps and software
You must never search for apps on Google as you may end up installing the fake app with malware content. So, it is advisable to search for apps on the official app stores like Google Play and App store.
4. Medicines or medical symptoms
You must never rely on Google to understand a disease and its effects when you are sick. Do not buy medicines based on the information offered on Google. Instead, you must visit the doctor and get the proper diagnosis done.
5. E-commerce websites or offers
Many fake online shopping websites are listed on Google; which claim to offer unbelievable deals and discounts. These websites are set up with the intention of cheating people and stealing their money. So, you must shop only on the websites which are genuine.
6. Free antivirus apps or software
Do not search for free Antivirus apps or software on Google as there are many fake products which are set up with the intention of carrying out fraudulent transactions.
7. Coupon codes
If you have got a coupon code for discounts on official websites or apps, you may use them. But, you should not search for them on Google as you might end up on fraudulent websites which steal your banking information in the name of selling coupons at cheap rates.
8. Government websites
Fraudsters even set up fake government websites which look similar to the original ones. So, you must visit the website directly, instead of searching for it on Google.
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