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Fraud, bribery, and digital scams: How to handle Cybersecurity threats?

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Computer security is of utmost importance after the arrival of new technologies to companies. Our behavior towards the Internet and access to its various pages and platforms must be carried following certain regulations that prevent fraud and internet scams.

Cybersecurity threats and other crimes have become really common. There are multiple ways in which they can manifest themselves: as a simple link, a photograph from an email, and many other possibilities. It is extremely important to identify the types of scams and know how to handle these situations.

Computer frauds and how to prevent them:

 

We present the most common frauds. Those that can put at risk a company’s cybersecurity:

Carding

Use of a card without our consent. We must use safe payment systems, like PayPal,  as an intermediary, or enter the data of our cards only in recognized and safe places.

Phishing

Emails that apparently come from trustworthy sites, but whose address is misspelled. Sometimes they are imperceptible and ask us for sensitive information, such as our credit card or address, in order to use them later for fraudulent purposes. Paying attention while reviewing the address from which emails are sent to us, as well as the hyperlinks included in them, are actions that will help us avoid future problems. In addition, many companies have a policy not to request data via email, knowing these policies can be very useful.

Pharming

It is a variant of phishing. They take advantage of a vulnerability on the official website of our company to create a link to their fraudulent website.

Google’s Transparency service will help us determine the origin of the company behind the suspicious website.

Vishing or smishing

They are phone calls or text messages that offer us a reward or prize, and they are asking for private information or money in order to “get your prize.”

Spamming

They are emails with promotional messages that end in a short period, with the intention of motivating us to access the site and buy or deliver our data.

The list is almost eternal, since there are also web pages with false fines, false prizes, false viruses, etc. We can also find sales of fake items, non-existent businesses, and interested pseudo charities that put the safety of our company at risk.

But not everything is in our mail or web pages. The frauds have also spread to social networks, offering us external services and accessories, such as changing our Facebook color, when what it really does is enter our keyboard to read each letter written and steal information without us noticing. For all these reasons, it is very important to have cybersecurity policies in companies.

What steps can we take to prevent computer fraud?

 

Regarding computer security, the main recommendation is to be suspicious of any site, of the cheapest prices, of the excessively “too good to be true”. It is important to verify the veracity and identity of the website to avoid any cybersecurity threat.

Google offers two services that help us to know if a web page is secure or not: HTTPS and SSL. These are security protocols that establish a secure channel between computers connected through the Internet or an internal network. If a web page has them (you can see it by pressing the icon on the left next to the web address), we can be sure that we have the appropriate security, although this does not imply that we stop taking certain measures, such as how:

Go to official and certified sources: if we receive a suspicious email, we will contact the official address of the site in different ways as call them.

Resist too tempting proposals: Doing proper research on the internet, looking for information in other sources to confirm if the information is correct and safe.

Do not deliver credit information directly: We use prepaid or special cards for the Internet in which we have small amounts of money. We will regularly consult our bank movements to detect if there are suspicious movements. We will store our receipts and emails of the purchases we make.

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