Tips to Avoid Cybercrime

We are ad portas to the new Cyber ​​Day of this year, which will take place between June 3, 4 and 5. It is a time of interesting offers on various products and services, but the Cyber ​​Day It is also an opportunity for cybercriminals who are already busy “travelling” the digital corridors, designing clever scams to deceive customers.

Given this reality, Fortinet made it known some aspects to consider to protect yourself, taking into account that a proactive action on the part of the user can make a difference when protecting against cybercrime on dates such as Cyber ​​Day or during the daily workday.

New shipping scams on Cyber ​​Day

Many young consumers expect their products to be delivered or available for pickup the next day or even the same day of purchase.

Cybercriminals have taken note of this and are introducing new practices to capitalize on buyers’ preferences for faster delivery times. Many of these scam attempts come in the form of text messages, using phishing. These communications report a delay or inability to make a delivery, asking the recipient to click on a link to confirm their name, shipping address and other personal details. Once the link is opened, malicious actors can capture the user’s sensitive information and even use that link to read information from a mobile device and access a broader base of data such as usernames or passwords for applications and websites that frequent

More travel-related threat attempts this Cyber ​​Day

As travel intent increases among consumers, airports and hotels are preparing for a busy vacation season. Unfortunately for travelers, cybercriminals have also identified this interest and are making plans around it.

In recent months, we have seen an increase in malicious actors registering fake domains that look like airline customer service or a travel agency service. Although the sites look almost the same as legitimate sites, cybercriminals are posting fake phone numbers on them. When scammers receive a call from a customer, they either book the customer onto a non-existent flight and charge them for it, or use the user’s personal information for malicious purposes.

Classic cybercrime scams

Cybercriminals will launch a variety of scams to manipulate an inattentive buyer. And as consumers once again prioritize lower prices and promotions when making a purchase, it’s no surprise that malicious actors are reintroducing some well-known tactics to take advantage of this situation.

  • Fake websites: Before making any online purchase, especially from somewhere you haven’t purchased before, it’s important to do your research to ensure the company is legitimate.
  • Web-based malware: Cybercriminals often embed corrupt ads and links on well-known websites, usually showing some free or discounted product. Not surprisingly, the number of web-based malware we see during sales times is higher than usual.
  • Scams through social networks: Cybercriminals do the same thing on social networks, using ads that promote non-existent products on offer. Others may offer coupons, gift cards, free products or contests to motivate users to click on a link that contains malware.

Faced with these threats, Fortinet provides the following 5 tips to protect yourself this Cyber ​​Day:

There are many easy ways to protect ourselves and our data:

  • Patch and update: Make sure devices, software, browsers and applications are patched and running the most current versions.
  • Pay attention to the sites you search for: Cybercriminals regularly spoof popular shopping sites, so it’s crucial to do a little detective work before hitting “add to cart.” Look at the design of the site. Are there many pop-up ads or broken links? Is the written information grammatically correct? This investigative work can help you quickly determine if the site you have accessed is legitimate.
  • Update passwords, avoiding duplication: Use unique usernames and passwords for each account. You can use a password manager to group and keep track of credentials across your different accounts.
  • Use a credit card, not a debit card, when making a purchase: Many credit cards offer fraud protection and can be easily turned off without freezing other assets. Also, be sure to turn on credit card notifications and alerts about suspicious activity related to the account.
  • Remember that if something looks too good to be real, it probably isn’t: While it is possible to find good deals online for goods and services, the combination of unusually low prices and high availability for highly in-demand products is usually a red flag.

As shoppers make their lists and check them twice this Cyber ​​Day, remember that cybercriminals are doing the same thing. Being aware of common attack tactics and knowing how to spot them can help protect you against scams this season.

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