With more and more people using the Internet both in their business and private life, no wonder it’s become scammers’ favorite playground. Most of us have already learned to secure our emails and social media accounts, but criminals invent new schemes.
So, here’s some bad news for you: it’s getting way harder to protect yourself against scammers because now they’ve started to target – brace yourself – your Google Calendar! In short, this scam uses hyperlink-embedded events to get access to your sensitive information. Let’s figure out how the scam goes.
– Cybercriminals begin to spam your Google Calendar with tons of alluring calendar events. Once the event is added, Google will start to send you notifications. As soon as you hit the hyperlink attached to the text, it’ll take you to a special form where you’ll need to enter your personal information, from your family name to your credit card number!
– Open your Google Calendar, go to Settings, choose Event Settings, and look for “Automatically Add Invitations.” There, select “No, only show invitations to which I’ve responded.”
– Imagine you’re at the airport or in a coffee shop and in urgent need of the Internet. But what you don’t know is that this network has been set up by a con artist and is connected to their laptop. As soon as you join the hotspot, they’ll immediately have access to your computer or cell phone.
– Make sure that your device doesn’t join any open Wi-Fi network automatically. Switch on “Ask to join new networks” option and turn off your Wi-Fi when you’re not using it.
– Recently, Netflix customers have started to receive fraudulent emails that claim to be sent by Netflix itself. Inside, there are messages that encourage you to click on a malicious link and provide your personal data, as well as your payment information.
– Do NOT enter your financial and personal details after you’ve followed a link in a text message or an email. – The “hitman scam” is another scheme that’s recently become popular. One day, you get a threatening email with money demands. This scam may have different variations, from a threat to kidnap a family member to a promise to damage your property.
– Admittedly, this scam is the most psychologically scary, but if you’re in doubt, it’s better to notify the police and don’t transfer any money to the criminals.
– To avoid being tricked, don’t follow any links you get via email and don’t click on any suspicious web addresses you may come across on social media.
– If you get a disconcerting message encouraging you to check your social media, visit your account via the network’s app. If you don’t have this app on your gadget, type the web address of the page directly into the address bar.
– Do NOT give strangers remote access to your computer – they may easily install malicious software.