Some great tricks to handle spam emails this Valentine
Valentine is knocking the door, a day full of romance, stuffed animals, love letters and….. and what? Yes, Spam emails and messages. This important date is a perfect excuse for cybercriminals making their effort double in sending spam emails. Travel celebration, gifts, surprises and secret messages may be dangerous and can lead to make our bank account to zero balance. Many of these emails lead to false online shops which purpose is to steal our bank details.
The German security company G Data has given some tips to manage spam and avoid the online scams in this Valentine. We tell you these tips. We start with the tricks to handle spam and first obvious advise is to move doubtful and fraudulent emails straight to the trash.
Miraculous deals, vacation packages, medicines to improve libido and secret admirers should also disappear (delete) without even opening them and, of course, you should never click on links.
Another important advice is to check the language properly. The misspellings and grammatical errors often hide a scam.
Never answer any doubtful email. Even though we do not open any link, cybercriminals will use the response as a door to keep sending you spam again and again, because after you reply they will understand that your email account is active and you do use it.
By the way, another way to protect your computer and your personal data is to use a second e-mail for platforms such as forums, promotions or contests. And finally, it is not advised respond to those emails where personal or banking information is requested.
And now we go with specific tips for Valentine’s Day.
As always, you should use an antivirus on your computer. Ideally, use a complete package that includes malware protection against online fraud (phishing) and banking Trojans plus extra protection for our email. Paid virus protections are the most complete, but we also have several free programs to protect your PC.
It’s not just computer but we should also protect our mobile phone, especially if you are using the Android device. Android devices get many app for free, but with so many annoying ads and you don’t know when your device can get infected. Social networks like Facebook or Twitter are widely used by cybercriminals to infect computers and mobile devices. An alleged video of a fan or greeting card for Valentine may contain a malicious link. So you have to use them with caution and check if you know the person who shared the link or sent it to you.
And, of course, G Data insists that we must get rid of any email that awakens our doubts. With these simple tips it will be easier to enjoy Valentine’s Day.
Happy Valentine’s Day!