With Black Friday 2019 approaching, many users can be hit by virtual scams and not even notice them. These include the launch of cyber phishing attacks, a type of threat by which a cybercriminal attempts to collect confidential information by pretending to be a trusted company or person. So nothing better than being mindful to avoid this headache, anyway?
According to security firm Check Point, last year alone, phishing attempts have risen by an alarming 40.9%, with the creation of 1.5 million new sites for this purpose each month. ?Phishing is one of the widely used attack types in the world. It has a high percentage of success because thousands of people are victims of scams through emails that offer huge discounts, exclusive perks, among other attractive but fake offers, ?says Fernando De Falchi, security engineering manager at Check. Point Brazil.
Below are the three threats to pay close attention to and avoid becoming a new phishing victim.
Buy fake event tickets
Hackers take advantage of the high demand to advertise fake events on the web and social networks to get users who want to buy tickets to enter personal information (personal data, bank credentials, etc.) that will be used later to make a profit. Another possibility for a cybercriminal to send a link to download entries that may contain malicious Trojans designed to allow hackers to take control of the user's system.
To prevent this from happening, it is essential to be very careful as this type of web page offers very little information about the event (they do not provide location details or organizer contact information) or use names similar to other events. to fool the users.
Click on fake ads that offer attractive discounts
The rise of e-commerce causes many people to leave their clothing shopping for the last hour. The digital world offers a wide variety of possibilities without leaving home, which, along with the discounts that can be found, make it a very attractive option. Cybercriminals have realized this and take advantage of emails or pop-ups that showcase unknown stores but offer all the clothes they could possibly want.
These pages pose a great risk to users, not only because they are actually fake websites, but because they take advantage of the urgency of consumers to purchase a product to get a lot of information. Moreover, it is very likely that the costume the consumer buys will never come home.
Succumbing to social media deals
Innocence is one of the best allies of cybercriminals, who bait requests from friends of strangers or real contact messages announcing that the user has won a special draw. These messages usually include a link to a website that the winner must click to receive their prize, which is a serious mistake. Thanks to this technique, cybercriminals can collect large amounts of information that they use for their own benefit. In addition, through this link, they can also send malware hidden in attachments that can record keystrokes when, for example, a person types their password on a banking site.
However, while it seems daunting that a cybercriminal can control your data, avoiding this nightmare is easier than it sounds, and you just need to implement a few simple tips. First of all, it is essential to be wary of offers that look incredibly good as they will probably be pitfalls. In addition, before clicking on a link, it is essential to do a little analysis and click only on those that follow the secure https protocol, and have the ideal technological solutions to counter these threats.