“You better watch out, you Better not howl; you Better be safe, I’m telling you why… because cyber criminals are on the prowl.”
The news is flooded with different scams and given the growth of mobile users around the globe there is no surprise that hackers could also take advantage of the merry giving celebration and targeting mobile users (Adroid devices) to steal personal data or jeopardize your enterprise, so Philippine Web Hosting Provider would like to warn you to watch out not for Santa but for Hackers whose also busy spoofing in every mobile “Mobile Malware” never stops. Things to Watch out for:
- Malicious Mobile Applications: Apps such as games are sent for free to steal data from smartphones of those download them
- Phony Facebook Promotions and Contests: Scammers lure victims through offers of promotions and contests
- Scareware, or Fake Antivirus software: Hackers send false messages to PCs stating that their computer is at risk so that they agree to buy phony software
- Holiday Screensavers: Free offers of e-cards, Santa wallpapers and holiday-themed ringtones often contain malware
- Mac Malware: As the popularity of Apple products are rising, cybercriminals have designed new malware targeting the Mac users.
- Holiday Phishing Scams: Cyberscammers use ‘holiday’-themed links and pop-ups to trick recipients into revealing personal information
- Online Coupon Scams: Phishing sites offer free coupons for purchases that can be used to buy attractive products, thus collecting vital data like credit card details
- Mystery Shopper Scams: Scammers are reportedly sending messages to victims, offering them the job of mystery shoppers, and in the process collecting their details, like credit card and bank account numbers.
- Hotel “Wrong Transaction” Malware Emails: Scammers have designed travel-related scams to lure people to click on dangerous emails. The mail states that there was a “wrong transaction” on the recipient’s credit card and requests them to fill out an attached refund form. Once opened, the attachment downloads malware onto their machine.
- “It” Gift Scams: Gifts that sell like hot cakes are also used as ploys. Scammers create malicious links to advertise these products, but are actually interested in getting credit card details
- “I’m away from home” Scammers: Robbers are always on the lookout for posts that reveal which houses would be vacant during the holidays.
“Many users are not aware of the fact that cyber-criminals have created malware specifically for Android devices and are rushing to download apps before ensuring that they are legitimate.” Keep your mobile safe and your first line of defense in the virtual world begins with your password or personal identification number (PIN). Never share them with anyone and tread carefully on sites that ask to remember passwords.
Have a safe holiday shopping online!
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