Did you know… In general
Considering the amount of time we spend online it is important to remember that during the time we are connected our private and personal information is unprotected and that the information, passwords and data generated is what these cybercriminals are trying to access.Cyber-attacks, phishing, etc. are on the increase and are becoming more powerful, especially with the growth in computerization and globalization. It is important to have security software installed to avoid this type of cybercrimes.
Phishing is a type of "social engineering" whereby criminals try to obtain, through deception, users' personal data (bank details, credit card numbers, passwords, account details and other types of information).This data is then used for various nefarious purposes and people become easy victims if they do not use the necessary security measures to avoid these scams. The personal data stolen can be used to take control of the victim's on-line identity:
- From your e-mail account they can continue the chain by sending the scam on to your contacts or they can send mass spam mails using your identity.
- In your social network profiles they can assume the identity of the victim.
- The can gain access to your on-line banking services.
- They can use your mobile messaging services.
- They can open new accounts assuming the victim's identity.
- They can obtain official documents using the victim’s details.
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