This week Google’s Gmail customers have been targeted with a sophisticated phishing attack that could potentially give hackers access to the content of emails, contacts and google docs.

With this in mind here are a few steps that you can take to avoid any future phishing attacks.

1. Keep Informed.
New scams are being run everyday. The best way to avoid these is to keep an eye out for them in the news, on blogs, twitter etc. By knowing you are at a much lower risk of being caught out.

2.Don’t click right away
With sites that are well known and trusted this is fine, clicking without thinking on random emails could lead to disaster. Phishing emails often look like they are from trusted sources but most start the email with ‘Dear Customer’ so be alert when you come across this. When in doubt, go straight to the source before clicking anything.

3. Install an anti-phisher toolbar
Most browsers can be customised, and such toolbars can run quick site checks that you are visiting.

4.Check your accounts regularly
Check your accounts on a regular basis and change your passwords regularly.

5.Up to date browser
Up to date browsers have the latest security patches. They are often released in response to vulnerabilities hackers have gotten past.

6.Never use pop ups
As a general rule pop ups are never going to lead to anything good. Often they are made to look legitimate. Click on nothing but the ‘X’ close button.

7.Never give out personal information
Unless you are happy that the site you are on is secure never give out personal information. A secure site always starts with ‘https’.

8.Use an antivirus
A no brainer an antivirus program will give you piece of mind.