Online scams are targeting your employees everyday, whether they’re online at work or at home. These scams can either find their way into mailboxes as a phishing email or pop up while browsing online. Falling victim to these scams can lead to data loss and identity fraud. Half of the clicks on malicious URLs occur on devices that are outside the purview of enterprise desktop management. With the rise of BYOD in the workplace, it’s important to educate employees on how to avoid online scams.

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Common Online Scams

Tech Support Scam: Tech support scams are on the rise, causing Google to implement new restrictions on tech support ads. This scam involves a hacker posing as a representative from a legitimate company. They will tell you that your computer has malware or a virus and offer to fix the problem for a fee. Victims to this scam also end up giving hackers remote access to their computers, allowing hackers to install malware or keyloggers to steal their credentials.

Pop-up scam: These scams are probably some of the most annoying ones because it involves popup windows on your browser. They can be about anything – security warnings, winning the lottery, etc. These scams use malicious scripts and inject them into your browser, which is why they can popup while you’re visiting legitimate websites. The content of the popups usually includes information relevant to you, such as where you live or the type of device you are using. This can make the popup look more credible.

Fake Websites: The internet is full of fake webpages posing as legitimate websites. You can find a fake website for anything – from online banking to ecommerce to credit report sites. They look identical to the real website too, with the same images and text on their homepages. These ones can be hard to detect because they look identical to a real website. Hackers create these websites to trick users into using them, so they can steal information.

5 Tips to Avoid Online Scams

1. Don’t click: Don’t click any links, call any phone numbers and download attachments from companies or people you don’t know. Similarly, don’t allow remote access to your computer unless you’re certain they’re a legitimate tech support worker. Ignore any suspicious emails you receive or popups that come up on your browser.

2. Don’t reveal information: Companies do not contact customers directly for personal information or to change credentials. Do not give any personal information or credentials to anyone.

3. Protect your browsers and devices: Use a firewall and anti virus to protect your devices. To avoid popups, you can install an application like ad block and make sure popups are turned off on your browser. Our Secure IT – Endpoint solution features all-in-one protection for your endpoints by using a SIEM system to detect suspicious threats.

4. Go to the source: If something seems suspicious or too good to be true, the best way to confirm its veracity is to contact companies or people directly.

5. Remain skeptical: These online scams take advantage of people’s trusting nature. By training yourself to double check every link you click on and email you receive, you can spot these scams more easily. To better stay safe, type websites into the address bar instead of clicking links.