Suddenly, our whole life unfolds online. Never before has the connected world and our ability to communicate, socialize, work and trade online been so critical.
While the potential for this to be unbelievable, we have to face the harsh reality that wherever people go, cybercriminals almost always follow.
If there is an opportunity to take advantage of a situation and trick people into revealing personal information or sending money to fraudsters, they will certainly do so.
We have already seen examples of malware related to it coronavirus / COVID-19 and try to exploit the virus by hiding malicious files in documents that claim to be related to the disease, but the opportunities for compromising internet security do not end there.
The highest levels of streaming to date are likely to happen next weekend, as millions who would normally be out in bars and restaurants are forced to stay home.
This will undoubtedly put on streaming services huge pressure and can cause some slowdown in service delivery, which in turn will lead to the search for alternative ways to access online content.
However, moving away from the protected portals of our favorite legal streaming services for movies, games and other content will be a game in the hands of digital criminals and will leave the public vulnerable to attack.
As tempting as it is to find alternative content sources, Kaspersky advises users to be patient and use reliable streaming sources, as well as follow these tips for a secure internet connection:
- Use only trusted sources, ie services for which you have a subscription, not random sources, by double-checking the URL format or the company orthography before downloading. Counterfeit websites may look like real ones, but there will be anomalies that will help you spot the difference.
- Pay attention to the extension of the downloaded file. If you are downloading TV episodes, the file should not have an .exe extension.
- Watch the torrents you use and look for comments on the files you can download. If the comments are not related to the content, you are probably looking for malware.
- Protect devices used for streaming and make sure you apply updates to the operating system and applications.
- Do not click on links that promise to show content before its official premiere, and if you have any doubts about the authenticity of the content, contact the entertainment provider, ie if you are not sure that something that is being advertised is actually available in the area your.
- Use a credit card, if possible, for payments and try to avoid saving card details on the streaming service website. Use a unique, complex password for each of your online accounts.
Not being able or not wanting to leave home right now is sure to create a higher demand for e-shopping services as people seek to buy food, entertainment and other items online.
This, combined with shopping in response to the boredom that social isolation can bring, as well as desirable offers from retailers trying to stay "alive" as the economy suffers, means that cybercriminals will "party." ».
In every period of shopping spree we see an increase in malware and phishing attacks related to markets, as it happens at any time when something is very relevant or people are vulnerable, because cybercriminals prefer to seize the opportunity and impress people with offers that "can not miss" and often look too good to be true. And usually it is not.
For this reason, we advise consumers to be extra careful at this time and to remember the following when shopping online and opening emails from online retailers:
- Be careful with offers that look too good to be true - they usually are not.
- Enter the URL in your browser to check the offer on the website, instead of clicking on links in your emails.
- Check for the padlock / HTTPS symbol in the address bar when paying.
- Use a credit card, not a debit card, for extra payment protection.
- Never store your card details on a website.
- Protect devices used for shopping and make sure you apply vulnerability updates.
- Use a unique, complex password for each of your online accounts.