Forget about your bank details, it’s your Facebook password you should be worried about. Phishers are out in full force, in fact phishing attacks in the UK have tripled over the last 12 months, and they’re after your login details on Facebook, Yahoo!, Google and Amazon – in total those 4 sites account for 30% of all phishing attacks. Shockingly, approximately 102,000 people are affected every day.
In the past, phishing attacks have typically been centered around imitating banks, and emailing through links to fake bank websites and credit card companies. Cyber criminals have preyed on users to lure them into providing their login details. The rogue web pages they set up, often operate under the guise of a security check. The account details provided at this point, are then captured and abused through various scams, like banking fraud, identity fraud and spam distribution.
But now, things have changed slightly. The cyber criminals are evolving with the internet. Many phishers focus their energy on tricking people with false offers of free, secret or exclusive digital goods, like bitcoins, celebrity photos etc. They’re also targeting users directly through Facebook, relying on your social network to spread their spam through your news feed.
As the cyber criminals get smarter, it’s important you do too so you can stay one step ahead of them. Here are some tips on how to do just that:
- Typos, bad spelling and grammatical errors are a dead giveaway
- Social network sites like Facebook, will never email you your password, so don’t fall for that trick
- Be wary of any email, from any organization that asks for very private and personal information such as your credit card number or tax ID
- Messages that indicate your account will be deleted or locked unless you act immediately
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