Internet safety is an issue that should concern us all. As users tend to become more responsible with experience, the traps become more and more sophisticated and the bad guys who invent them are constantly renewing their tactics. Email is one of the main gateways for cyber offenders who wish to exploit a loophole in our systems.
Phishing is a form of computer fraud aimed at convincing a user, using a graphical interface similar to that of a company or a bank, that they can enter their contact details. Of course, they are then received by the malicious person who created the interface. This is one of the most common tactics for taking ownership of our personal information.
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There is a simple rule of thumb for keeping email safe: Always beware of anything you receive. If you apply this policy, your devices and personal information will be a little more secure. However, there are three types of emails that you should absolutely avoid opening:
1. Confirmation of personal data
No company or bank will send you an email asking you to “confirm” your personal data through a form, email reply or link. If they need to verify your identity or any of your data, the process will be done either personally or from the company’s website.
2. You have won a prize
Congratulations, you are the lucky winner of a 100,000 dollar prize! The situation is simple: if you have not entered a competition or raffle, you cannot have won something and therefore receive an email notification. Emails warning you that you have inherited a huge fortune from an unknown relative also fall into this category.
3. Your device is infected with a virus
Generating fear is an effective strategy to get others to do what we want. In the case of technology, what could be more frightening than a virus? It is not impossible that our devices are contaminated, but if so, the virus will manifest itself through system errors or an antivirus alert, but certainly not by email.
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Remember, it is best to delete these emails without opening them. If you have any doubts, open them; but don’t reply or click any links in the email.
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