April Fool’s Day may be a time to play practical jokes on friends and family for a good laugh, but what if the joke were on you this April 1? A “prank” that may lead to you losing access to your online accounts or your credit card details doesn’t sound so funny.
Scammers and cybercriminals are always updating their bag of tricks as they look for new opportunities to dupe unwary internet users. So, let’s take a look at five tips to protect yourself against any funny business by malicious cyber pranksters:
Social media platforms have a bad rep for housing thousands of scammers who push fraudulent e-shops, malicious links and fake giveaways. If the deal or post sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. Don’t be so trusting of those positive reviews and comments either - cybercrooks can easily fake those too. Do your research before engaging with these ads or promotions, and only access websites you’re already familiar with.
Scammers will often use WhatsApp, Facebook Chat and other instant messaging apps to deliver malicious payloads or phishing websites to victims. Scrutinize any links or attachments you receive from individuals you don’t know or recognize. Look closely at the URL, and never provide personally identifiable information or other sensitive information.
Email-based phishing attacks are among threat actors’ preferred tools to steal your sensitive information and compromise your device and data. Before you interact with any unsolicited correspondence, look at the sender’s name and email address, and check for spelling mistakes. Urgent messages that stir up unsettling emotions should be handled with care. Any notifications urging you to reset your password, confirm data, credit card details or check an attached document for an order you know you didn’t make should be ignored.
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Every year, internet users lose hundreds of millions of dollars to scammers who hunt for victims on social media. Boost your social media security and privacy by setting up strong and unique passwords, enabling two-factor authentication and limiting the amount of personal information your share while posting or chatting.
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