This internet security report has been brought to you by the FBI. They recently revealed that photo-sharing programs are the new scam. Cybercriminals have spread their evil claws and thieving ways to yet another aspect of our internet usage. They are setting up fake photo-sharing websites and luring you in.
While you will see ads for these sites online, it’s unlikely that any photos will actually be a part of the ad. This is a dead giveaway. Should you ignore this key clue, and choose to engage with the malicious website, you will end up in the cybercriminal’s clutches. Say you submit a request for a photo; you are most likely to receive it as an email attachment. It’s pretty much guaranteed that by clicking on that attachment and downloading it you’re inviting a whole world of pain into your life and your computer.
The attachment will contain malicious software that will infect your computer. It would be totally normal to immediately look for a customer service or tech support number or website to contact. Unfortunately for you, all parts of this malicious website are run by the cybercriminals. So don’t even think about looking to them for support through this issue! Remember that shopping online, no matter if it involves an immediate download of the item to your computer, or physical delivery of the product, comes with risks.
So be careful and check out these tips that will help you stay safe:
- Be careful if you want to make a purchase on an online auction site. Here’s how to avoid online auction scams.
- Make sure the websites you want to shop from are secure and authenticated. Here are more tips for safe online shopping.
- Make sure you make your purchases from trusted online vendors and shops, and thoroughly research the availability of the product you want, as well as the price (make sure it is a fair price – if it’s undervalued, it might be a scam!) and the delivery options.
- Get an internet security suite with a Safe Browsing feature, like BullGuard’s, to notify you if a website you want to go on or a file you want to download is malicious.
- Keep all the programs on your computer, as well as your operating system, always up to date.
- Make sure all security features provided by your internet security suite are enabled and adjusted to your security needs. Be sure to get a Firewall, as well to prevent hackers from breaking in to your system.
The downfall to most of these tips is you. That’s right folks, they rely on you always being on top of your game and alert, which, let’s face it, when you’re shopping online at midnight, you might not be. For those moments, we recommend investing in a comprehensive security suite, like BullGuard Premium Protection.