Cybercrime in Bariloche: how to avoid fraud during winter holidays

Cybercrime in Bariloche: how to avoid fraud during winter holidays
Cybercrime in Bariloche: how to avoid fraud during winter holidays

Social networks Digital life is becoming increasingly important and prevalent in our daily lives. Social networks have become one of the main tools through which family, friends, work/study, and hobbies and interests are connected. In the face of cybercrime, it is necessary to apply good practices that ensure integrity and privacy.

With the arrival of the winter season, tourist destinations and people who make a holiday booking can be subject to scams through online bookings. In fact, Bariloche has already been used as a place where scams have been developed that cost the contracting party money. In this way, apartments that do not exist have been offered, tickets paid for with stolen cards, flight reservations duplicated, and bank details stolen in false reservation centers.

The digitalisation offered for leisure and tourism contracts can be a scam and therefore extreme care must be taken, as scammers take advantage of consumers’ searches for holiday packages and defraud individuals, travel agencies, tourism companies and airlines.

The ubelibet website provides an example of advertising fraud with fake ads on the Internet. In reality, the customer pays for a ticket or accommodation that does not exist. Then they send them a link to process the payment: “I trusted them and clicked. It was exactly the same as the portal page. Everything was super well done. It was exactly the same as the real application. “I paid and I was scammed.”

These fake ads have a threefold impact on tourism businesses: on the one hand, the presence of phantom offers not only makes the affected traveller unrecoverable; on the other hand, it reduces the confidence of other users to make online purchases. But, in addition, companies’ advertising budgets suffer, which are largely wasted on unproduced impacts.

10 recommendations

1) Publish only what is necessary: ​​Any information published on social networks is a door that opens to your private life. And it is enough for that information to fall into the wrong hands to experience an unwanted situation, whether it be identity theft, fraud or deception. The publication of photographs of children deserves a separate paragraph. Above all, because the laws for the protection of minors are increasingly stronger with respect to the protection of children’s privacy, considering that everything published on the Internet is beyond the control of whoever published it.

2) Configure the privacy of each account: Cybercrime has evolved to such an extent that any data can be used to impersonate someone or to carry out some kind of scam. That is why sensitive information such as our date of birth, place of residence, work or study can be used against us. Managing the privacy of information correctly and consciously in each account that we have a profile on is the best way to protect this information.

3) Distrust people you don’t know: Beyond all the benefits of the Internet, there is also a downside that must be taken into account to avoid a big disappointment. Cases of fraud or harassment are unfortunately very common in the digital world and social networks have become a niche that is increasingly exploited by cybercriminals to carry out this type of practice. Caution and distrust are two great allies when it comes to establishing any type of contact or relationship with an unknown person. That is why it is never advisable to accept friend requests from strangers, nor to provide them with personal information.

4) Check before clicking on links in messages: Through our social networks we receive messages from unknown contacts, with promises of some benefit/prize and a link that seems to be the key to open the treasure chest. But no: a click can lead to a compromised site that requests our personal data or to the download of malicious software. It is suggested to follow a golden rule that applies effectively in these cases: when something is too good to be true, it probably is.

5) Choose long and complex passwords: Choosing a strong and long password is another great step to protect your social media accounts. Ideally, they should be phrases that include around 20 characters, letters, numbers, capital letters and special characters. A final tip is not to reuse the same password on different accounts, since if one is compromised, it will give the cyber attacker access to the rest of your social networks. A great ally to create strong passwords and not have to remember them is the implementation of a password manager.

6) Implement two-step authentication: All social networks today have the option of enabling this second security factor, in order to ensure proper protection of accounts. In this way, even if someone somehow obtains a username and password, they will not be able to access it thanks to this extra layer of security.

7) Use a secure Internet connection: A good first step is to ensure that your Wi-Fi connection has a secure password and to verify that your router is properly configured. If you are using a public Wi-Fi network, it is best to connect through a VPN and, if you need to enter sensitive information or login credentials, use your mobile phone to browse the Internet from your smartphone.

8) Back up your information: Just as important as keeping access to your personal data protected is backing up your most important information, which will be very helpful in situations such as theft or loss of a device or malware infection. When making a backup, it can be very useful to keep in mind how to do it correctly and what are the most common mistakes that you should avoid.

9) Cybercriminals could use the digital footprint on the user. For example, they could use sensitive information such as date of birth, place of work, study or residence, among others, to create a false profile to be used in a scam or other type of deception, impersonating a user.

10) Have a security solution: All of the above points will be enhanced by implementing a robust security solution that provides protection against phishing attempts, malware, and suspicious sites or files that may reach us through social networks.

Users should not forget that cybercriminals are constantly updating their strategies. It is necessary to be aware of how important it is to keep accounts secure, since information of various kinds is shared there that, in the wrong hands, can be used against good people. (With data from ESET Latin America).

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