Most of us are used to ‘Googling’ answers for things we don’t know. From food recipes to online banking or even buying medicines, we tend to ‘Google’ everything. But what most people forget is that Google is simply an online platform where you find websites that offer you the required information. Google has no content of its own. So, everything that you search there doesn’t necessarily have to be correct. Here are 10 things you should not search for:
1 DO NOT Google online banking websites
There are many fake online banking websites on Google. It is highly advisable not to do a Google search to find your bank’s internet banking website unless you know the exact official URL. This is because chances of phishing increasing in which you might enter your bank’s login ID and password on a website that may just look like the bank’s official website and could be a phishing site instead.
What you should do: Always, enter the official URL of your bank’s online banking portal to access the site to stay safe.
2 DO NOT search for customer care numbers of companies on Google
This is one of the most popular online scams. Fraudsters post fake business listings and customer care numbers on websites to make unsuspecting people believe that these are original customer care numbers to scam them.
3 DO NOT search for apps and software on Google to download them
For mobile apps, always search for apps on official app stores like Google Play for Android and App Store for iPhones. Searching free antivirus software, apps on Google might lead to fake app installations with malware content.
4 DO NOT search medicines or medical symptoms on Google
Google is definitely not a place to search for medicines. It is advisable not to skip the doctor and rely on any search information to know about a disease while you are sick. It is dangerous to buy medicines based on the information you find on Google.
5 DO NOT search for serious advice on personal finances and stock market
Like health, personal finance is unique for everyone. There can never be one investment plan that will make everyone rich. So, avoid taking advice from Google search results while investing.
6 DO NOT search for government websites as these are easy scam targets
Like banking websites, government websites like municipality tax, hospitals, etc are prime targets of scammers. As it is difficult to identify which website is original, always opt to directly visit any particular government website instead of searching for it on Google.
7 DO NOT search social media websites on Google to login
It is always advisable to access social media accounts by directly typing the URL in the address box of your browser instead of searching for the login page on Google as this might lead to phishing.
8 DO NOT search e-commerce websites or offers on Google
Fake web pages of so-called offers on e-commerce websites have flooded Google’s search page. This is another classic scam in which people are lured with attractive deals to click on malicious websites to steal their online banking login details.
9 DO NOT search for coupon codes to get discounts while shopping online
If you get a coupon code for a discount on shopping, then it’s fine. Else don’t go out hunting for it on Google as you might land on fake websites. which might sell fake coupons to you and then steal your banking details