Google is basically a web search engine which provides you with various websites offering the information you need. It provides you with information ranging from our daily basic needs to online banking, online shopping, money transfer, etc. Internet users have the habit of opening the window and searching for any content as they are only a search away. But we should always keep in mind that the information we get is provided by the website owners and Google doesn't provide it on its own. So, everything that you see or learn by searching on Google doesn’t necessarily have to be correct and accurate.
Here are few most common things you should always avoid searching on Google.
1. Avoid Searching Online Banking Websites
Never try to Google search to find your bank's online banking website. Always enter the official URL of your bank's online banking portal to access the site to stay safe from phishing. You might think the website is your banking website and enter your bank's details on a website which may just resemble your bank's official site and could be phishing instead.
2. Avoid Searching For Customer Care Numbers Of Companies
Customer care number search on Google is one of the biggest scams. Fraudsters post the fake contact numbers and business details on websites so as to scam people. These listings and contact number may look so real for the people.
3. Avoid Searching For Apps And Softwares To Download Them
Always avoid downloading phone apps or software directly from Google as they may contain virus and malware content which can destroy the gadget. To be on the safe side, prefer downloading apps from official app stores like Google Play for Android and App Store for iPhones.
4. Never Search For Medicines or Medical Symptoms For Illness
Though we get the symptoms and reasons for diseases when we google search. But it is not very safe as the websites from where we get all the information is not handled by medical professionals. So it is highly advisable not to skip the doctor an rely on Google search to know about the disease while you are sick.
5. Avoid Searching For Government Websites
Always opt to directly visit any particular government website through the official portal instead of searching on Google. After banking websites, government websites are the prime targets of scammers.
6. Avoid Searching For Social Media Websites On Google To Login
It is always safe to access social media accounts by directly typing the official URL in the address box or by directly logging in the apps. You may have the chances of getting trapped in the phishing when you type your user ID and password for your account.
7. Avoid Searching For E-Commerce Websites Or Offers
Fake portals and webpages of e-commerce websites have flooded the Google search. This is the another smartest scam where fraudsters create imitations of e-commerce websites with attractive deals to steal online banking login details.
8. Avoiding Searching For Coupon Codes To Get Discounts
If you get Coupon code for a discount on shopping then it’s fine else search for it on Google as you might land on fake websites which might sell fake coupons to you at a cheap price and then steal your banking details.