Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Everyone is aware of cyber scams that can come through emails or phone calls with the scammer trying to trick you into providing financial or sensitive information. One of the cyber scammers’ latest venues is social media for their phishing attacks. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn are all being used for phishing.
If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Be wary of requests for donations with stories playing on your sympathies. Verify any unfamiliar charity with an outside source.
Never click on embedded links – check the source prior to clicking.
Here are a few tips to stay protected at work and at home:
If you have to install software, such as web conferencing software, make sure to install it from the source, such as Zoom or GoToMeeting’s own websites or Apple App Store or Google Play Store, not a 3rd party website. Malicious software can be bundled into installers.
Verify URLs hidden behind shortened URLs commonly used in social media posts. They can be used to misdirect traffic away from the intended site to one that installs malware.
Legitimate texts from reputable organizations will never ask for your credentials or private information. For example, shipping companies like UPS or FedEx will not ask you to verify account information or request your account password over text message.