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Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, hackers and scammers don’t take time off. Avast has released an in depth article on phishing emails and how to protect against them.

We have articles covering phishing/scam emails and how to protect against them:

Bogus Email
Bogus Boss Scam
Phishing Email Messages

 

How do the hackers/scammers do it?

During Covid-19 scammers have been able to get through to people by sending emails with attachments that promise to provide the latest Covid-19 statistics. However clicking on the attachment can download a malicious software onto your device without you realising it. The malicious software can allow the scammer/hacker to access your device, log your keystrokes, or access your personal information.

If you think that you may be receiving such emails please contact us so that we can help you protect our device.

Spam vs. phishing

Spam or phish — in this case, order the spam. The one key difference between spam and phishing is that spammers aren’t out to hurt you. Spam is junk mail: just a bunch of unwanted ads. Phishing attackers want to steal your data and use it against you. Later in this piece, we examine exactly how and what they’re looking to achieve.

Regardless of whether or not real-life Spam is one of your favorite foods, remember the following fun rhyme: Spam is delicious, but phish is malicious.

(Source: Avast)