Social Engineering scams up close and personal – don’t fall victim to this hack.
Top Scams & Security Tips To Avoid Them:
You’re on vacation, having a few drinks and laughs round the pool with a few folks you’ve just met. Things are going great, a few messages back and forth, a few youtube videos, Imgur gifs, couple of Reddit pics, memes, couple more videos. One or two links didn’t work, they send over some more and alls good.
In the middle of all that, the links you though didn’t work – did work; its just that they were links to malicious webpages configured to infect your phone.
Mostly, hackers and scammers use email or hacked pop ups from legit websites to target a wide range of people in the hope that they catch a few people out. But a keen and professional scammer can use the same trick up close and personal to target a specific person; in this case you.
This and variants of these social engineering hack are called a few things but are commonly known as phishing, smishing. Scammers in this situation will try to single you out and use these partly because your might be drunk, but most likely because of your phone.
Android devices are more susceptible to malware and malicious code than Apple ones are. There are vastly more Android phones in use in the world than there are iPhones and for a number of reasons, many of them are VERY insecure. That means hackers and scammers have a massive amount of people to target. Although Apple products are generally more secure – they are not all foolproof, some link based hacks will work on them too – so still be on your guard.
How To Stay Safe:
First things first – always keep your phone and its apps up to date, regularly check for security updates and apply them as soon as you can. Apple is very good at having a single source for all apps and iPhone operating system updates. The security updates for Android are less co-ordinated so require more action by the user.
Secondly, always try to be aware of whats happening on your phone. When clicking on links in emails, WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger chats look to see where the link is pointing too (if its not shortened). You can spot if they are links to Facebook posts or to imgur, if the link looks strange to you – think twice about clicking it.
If you do click through, never install apps or allow additional privileges in order to allow content to load/play.