To stay protected, users should avoid clicking on specially crafted links that appear in emails or messages in social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. If you receive a message or email that seems suspicious, do not open it immediately. Give the message a few seconds to arrive before you decide whether or not to open it.

Impersonating a developer or designer, a hacker may pose as a trusted source to lure users into installing malicious software. Hackers often obtain user credentials by phishing, or sending messages disguised as legitimate ones. Therefore, it is important for users to stay alert when opening emails. If you are unsure if an email is legitimate, do not open it.

How to Tell If an Email Is Legitimate or Not

If you are unsure if an email is legitimate, do not open it. Instead, delete it without opening or click the unsubscribe button. If you have already opened the email, change your passwords as soon as possible.

As a business owner, it is important to stay aware of potential threats. By following these steps, you can avoid becoming a victim of cyber-crime.

Double-Check Everything

When you are unsure if something is legitimate, you should always make sure that it is. This includes double-checking the sender’s email address and the contents of the message. If you have any doubts in your mind, especially if the message has a suspicious link in it, it’s probably best to avoid opening the email altogether.

Avoiding messages like these can help protect users from scams and fraudulent software.

What you can do to stay safe online

When someone sends you an email or message and you are not sure if it's legitimate, take some time to think about what you should do. Consider the following:
1) If the person asks for personal information such as your name, address, or credit card number, do not provide it.
2) If the sender is asking you to click on a link to download software, disable your antivirus software before doing so.
3) Always hover your mouse over links in messages, emails and social media pages. If a link looks suspicious, hover over it and compare it with the links on the page.

What is a CVE?

A vulnerability is a weakness in a system that can be exploited to cause a negative outcome, and is often the result of software security flaws or errors.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project identifies vulnerabilities and makes them public which enables other researchers to find and fix them.
This project was launched by the National Security Agency in response to the US National Vulnerability Database (NVD) which was never updated after 2003 due to lack of funding; it is now run by MITRE Corporation.


Published on: 06/01/2022 18:15:00 UTC
Last modified on: 06/08/2022 20:13:00 UTC