Those of us who have been facing a screen for years are not immunized from being cheated or cheated one day, but at least we feel a certain respect before opening an email. You already know the clients, if you receive press releases, the communication agencies, too.
But, if for the coronavirus, you have been working from home for a couple of months, in addition to organizing, you have to be attentive to ‘phishing‘ or what is the same: a way to extract personal information to steal or rip you off.
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Ingenious scammers take advantage of the current situation by abusing the recipient’s trust. A Google search for the terms “email” and “crown” results in phishing-related hits.
The current context has turned teleworking or the presence on the SME network into something more frequent than a few months ago. The objective is to flee from the coronavirus, but unfortunately there are other types of viruses that can affect those clients that you have on the internet. Online shopping, telecommuting, are victims of these attacks.
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During the month of March, the Internet User Security Office has also detected fraudulent email campaigns directed at CaixaBank and Banco Santander.
What characteristics do phishing emails have in common? The impersonating messages use all kinds of ingenious arguments related to the security of the entity or the advancement of some administrative procedure to justify the need to provide your personal data. Among the frequent excuses we find:
• Problems of a technical nature.
• Recent fraud detections and urgent increase in the level of security.
• New security recommendations for fraud prevention.
• Changes in the entity’s security policy.
• Promotion of new products.
• Prizes, gifts or unexpected economic income.
• Anomalous accesses or uses to your account.
• Imminent deactivation of the service.
• False job offers.
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In addition, fraudulent email will try to force the user to make a decision almost immediately warning of negative consequences such as denial of access to the corresponding service or payment of a financial fine.
Although scammers continually hone their techniques, fraudulent messages are generally generated through automated tools that integrate translation capabilities and thesaurus so they often have misspellings and grammatical errors .
How can you protect yourself from phishing?
a) Use the antispam filters provided by email clients. You can also help yourself with specific tools that block spam.
b) Configure the antiphishing option that browsers incorporate:
- 1 – Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter helps identify websites reported as phishing or malware
- 2 – Protection against Malware and Phishing in Firefox
- 3 – Protection against phishing and malicious software in Google Chrome
- 4 – Prevent phishing in Safari
c) Verify the legitimacy of the website. Always check the URL to make sure you are on the official website you wanted to be on and it is not a website that is impersonating it.
You have detected a phishing case. What should you do?
Do not agree to requests for information. If in doubt, consult the company or service directly through the official mechanisms provided on its official website.
Do not answer in any case to these emails . Under no circumstances do you follow possible links that may be provided in the fraudulent email or download files that have attachments.
Delete it and, if you wish, alert your contacts to this fraud. Complaint.
Bad times for novice teleworkers, but good to be alert and not fall into traps that have been around for too long. Calm and thinking before opening an email is essential .