Most of us are used to ‘Googling’ answers of things we don’t know. From food recipes to online banking or even buying medicines, we tend to ‘Google’ everything. But what most people tend to forget is Google is simply an online platform where you find websites that offer you the information that you need. Google has no content of its own. So, everything that you search on Google doesn’t necessarily has to be correct and accurate. Here are 12 things you should never search on Google.
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 online banking website unless you know the exact official URL. Always, enter the official URL of your bank’s online banking portal to access site to stay safe. This is because chances of phishing increasing drastically 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.
Do not search for customer care contact 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 gullible people believe that these are original customer care numbers to scam them.
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 apps on Google might lead to fake app installations with malware content.
Do not search medicines or medical symptoms on Google
Google is clearly not a place to search for medicines. It is highly advisable not to skip the doctor and rely on Google search information to know about a disease while you are sick. Also, it is dangerous to buy medicines based on the information you find on Google.
Do not search on Google for medical advice or treatment, not even nutrition or weight loss tips
If you are sick, simply go to the doctor. If you wish to change your diet go visit a dietician. If you want to lose weight, take advice from a doctor first and then proceed. Every human body is unique, do not search and take advice from Google in these cases.
Do not search for serious advice or guide on personal finances and stock market on Google
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.
Do not search for government websites on Google 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.
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 searching for the login page on Google as this might lead to phishing.
Do not search e-commerce websites or offers on Google
Fake web pages of so-called offers on e-commerce websites have flooded Google search. This is another classic scam in which people are lured with attract deals to click on malicious websites to steal their online banking login details.
Do not search free antivirus apps or software on Google
Avoid searching for Antivirus apps or software on Google as there are scores of fake products out there and it becomes difficult to identify the original ones.
Do not search for Coupon codes on Google to get discounts while shopping online
If you get a Coupon code for 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 at a cheap price and then steal your banking details.
Do not search porn or anything that might embarrass you later on Google
We all know how Google ads work. Whatever you search on Google somewhat pops up as advertisements on other websites that you visit. Do not search for porn or anything that might embarrass you later on Google as you will definitely do not want Google Ads suggestions based on your search history to follow you to your office.