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Tips for detecting fake news and scams in WhatsApp

Tips for detecting fake news and scams in WhatsApp

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2017 is a year marked by the proliferation of fake news and the increase in online scams and fraud, as well as other cybersecurity issues such as DDoS attacks, phishing and ransomware. Today, we teach you how to detect hoaxes in the most famous messaging app, WhatsApp.

Nowadays, there are of many online fraud and one of the factors that most false news andof the false spreading like gunpowder is the truth that is quickly reaching thanks to the potential of social media and instant messaging applications. One of the most common tools that spread hoaxes, including false police messages that secretly alert to an impending terrorist attack, is WhatsApp.

From Panda Security, they want to provide us with keys to detect these fakes news , including L'efficiency makes us believe that the information is secret and that message providers do not want to know what it contains. “We tend to believe almost everything that starts with sentences like I tell you, but I don't tell anyone“, I was told by someone very close to the problem, but it's a major secret , explains Herve Lambert, Retail Global Consumer Operations Manager of the company specializing in cybersecurity.

Not only are there false warnings against journalism, but there are all kinds, such as warning of diseases caused by certain brands or products, launching superstitious messages or spreading facts that have not happened. Almost all contain some of the actual information to make the content more credible.Below, we give you a few keys to detect fake news and scams, according to Panda Security.

How to detect fake news or scams spread by WhatsApp

Contrast information on the Internet:

If you have a message from Actuality your WhatsApp and if you think this is real news, itshould be published in various media and also achieved a remarkable position in the search engines such as Google. If there is no record of your news, it is likely to be false news.

If it is audio, contact the content provider:

The audio format is gaining popularity for news and fake missions via WhatsApp. If you do not know the person who sent the information, look for sources and explore the content on the network. If you know the sender, ask directly the person who sent you who tells the message or where you extracted the information to assess its truth.

Examine the sources:

If the message has a link, you need to make sure it's a known medium. To do this, pay attention to the URL of the link. You should not open it behind the classic ‘dot com’ that you see a ‘.cc’, ‘.biz’, ‘.net’, etc. and is a medium you know. You can Also expose you to a ransomware attack.

Check the identity of the author:

Recently, it has been revealed that Russian hackers have attacked journalists with phishing to get their email accounts and spread fake news in their names. It is essential that you research the media in which journalists work and read news online. If there are big problems around us, it will certainly reach online media or TV media. Be careful when the news comes from a personal blog from anyone in particular. If a blog is about a famous person, look for it on the Internet and check the references so as not to be the victim of a hoax.

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You may think this is just a small problem and will send you such messages. But, when we don't know these keys, we end up clicking on fake links and having a victim for hacking. So, it is always necessary before opening any file or link or image in your WhatsApp.

These are the keys that help us find the fake news and scams that are sent via the WhatsApp account. If you've faced situations like this, share them with our readers so they'll be more attentive to the issues.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us in the comments below, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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