The computer viruses that your anti-virus software can’t protect you from
Although we recommend everyone to use an anti-virus software on their computer, cyber criminals are coming up with very clever and sneaky ways to get past these protection methods. Scam emails and phone calls are on the rise attacking computers and stealing personal information.
Unfortunately, even though you protect yourself with a recommended anti-virus you can’t automatically think you are safe. A lot of users are unknowingly clicking on links attached in emails. Because of the speed at which these attackers or cyber criminals are working it takes too long for the anti-virus programmers to issue updates and warning to people. There is also a problem if you delay updating or don’t have automatic updates enabled as the delay can cost you the protection of your devices.
Targeting people’s inboxes are the easiest way scammers and hackers now have to get around anti-virus software. MailGuard reports that a hefty 90 percent of cyberattacks occur because of a scam or spam email. It also alarmingly reported that 97 percent of people couldn’t tell the difference between a phishing email and a genuine one. With a further quarter of those users admitting to clicking on the dodgy links.
The most common ways cyber criminals send you these phishing emails is to make the emails look convincing and generally try to mimic emails from banks, energy companies or subscriptions services. Recently there has been email scams coming to our email addresses from Netflix and PayPal. If you click a link that is embedded into these emails it often starts downloading malicious software giving these cybercriminals access to files, finances and personal information.
One way to spot these emails is taking a look at the email address they are being sent from, you can also save your legitimate email contacts and delete any that don’t match the email of your contacts. Further, we suggest you ring the companies emailing you to confirm the legitimacy or log into the accounts through the proper websites to confirm if there are any issues with your account.
If you have any questions about emails you are receiving we encourage you to call us, if a few minutes on the phone can save you the pain of being cyber attacked we are happy to help and offer you advice over the phone. And unlike other companies, we do not charge for over the phone advice. We can also set up a remote login session to help you identify these unwanted scammers as well as input methods to help you stop receiving phishing emails.