How to get the best deals without The user is playing his security this Friday, perfect day for the attacks of financial phishing. It is a scam technique with which a hacker tries to obtain the personal data of a user to use them after fraudulently deceiving you
Do you know how many cyber attacks your mobile receives in a single day? More than 200. Do you know that a phishing attack occurs every 30 seconds? And that 1 in 20 malware attacks are ‘ransomware’? These are just some of the curious data that reminds RSA, the security division of Dell Technologies, so that users take special care this Friday when making their purchases, taking advantage of Black Friday discounts.
The Spanish Digital Economy Association (Digital) assures that 81% of companies will participate in this very special day and it is estimated that sales in Spain reach 1,235 million euros during the day. In addition, it is estimated that each Spaniard will spend, on average, 129 euros, when last year the budget stayed at 112 euros.
These economic figures do not go unnoticed by cyber criminals, who are also going to take advantage of Black Friday to commit attacks.
According to Kasper sky Lab, an increase in the number of financial phishing attacks is expected. We remind you that this is a scam technique with which a hacker tries to obtain the personal data of a user (name, surname, email, bank card number, bank accounts ...) to use after fraudulent. That is, at the time that anyone is buying Friday during Black Friday, a cyber criminal may be stealing the data.
The company specializing in security solutions indicates that in the last quarter, both in 2014 and 2015, the number of “phishing” pages to steal financial data increased almost 9 percentage points over the rest of the year. These figures coincide with the Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas celebrations.
To steal financial data, cyber criminals use different schemes: they can create a fake payment page for a famous payment system or copy legitimate sites online or even create 100% fake stores with offers, Kasper sky Lab remembers.
To avoid being a victim of hackers, the user must take certain precautions. The first thing to ask yourself is, “What am I doing wrong?” Sop hos, the global leader in network and endpoint protection, explains the main mistakes you make and make you more vulnerable to cyber criminals:
- Use an easy-to-remember password: 123456.
- Have the same key for everything.
- Create the folder “Accounts and passwords” on your mobile or email
- Ignore update notifications for the smartphone or computer.
- Open links or attachments from an email whose sender you do not know.
- Respond to emails notifying you that there is an unusual activity on your account.
- Click on «Remind Me» access data when accessing web pages.
- Believe in offers that are too good to be true: there are no such things as a free iPhone.
- Connect to unknown Wi-Fi networks.
- Do not review account movements and lose sight of any fraudulent activity on your cards.
Now, take note of the following measures offered by all security experts to enjoy a Black Friday cybersex:
- Unknown. Emails and senders from people you do not know, “strange” offers you see on social networks or suspect links received by WhatsApp, ignore them. It is very likely that they hide bad intentions and, unknowingly, you download a “malware” on your mobile or take you to fraudulent web pages with false offers that only seek to collect the user’s credentials.
- Do not set your personal data, credit card number, etc. On suspicious websites. Remember that too good offers do not exist.
- Check that the website you are buying is authentic. Look at the URL, which contains https; That you do not have spelling mistakes, that you can contact the owners, that your social networks are true and do not consist of a single publication on Facebook, etc.
- An updated team helps make hackers more difficult. Your computer, smartphone, tablet, applications … must be up to date.
- Use secure passwords.
- Use payment platforms such as Paypal that link the payment to a card or bank account.
- Make your purchase through private networks. Avoid doing it through a public Wi-Fi network because they are a very easy gateway for cyber criminals.
- Always install some security solution on your computer.