WhatsApp users, particularly those using Android devices are being targeted in a recent phishing campaign intended to get the user to download malicious software. The email, which masquerades as a notification from the IM application WhatsApp, alerts the victim that they have a new voicemail message which can be accessed from the message and includes a “Play” button that, when clicked, actually takes them to a separate site with further instructions.
This is actually the second time that WhatsApp Users have been targeted by a large-scale phishing campaign, the first being an email last month that prompted users to download a desktop version of the popular app, which doesn’t actually exist. While the first email was so unprofessional looking that very few users actually fell for it (it was rife with spelling errors and branding mistakes) the latest attempt is much more convincing.
And this seems to be the trend as of late. As phishing itself becomes more lucrative, attempts are becoming more sophisticated and professional. So how can you make sure that you’re keeping safe from malicious mail?
Fortunately, we’ve got a few tips to help keep your computer clean and your information secure. Anytime you receive an email that asks you to take further steps, which could be anything from a link to a map to a request to input information, give the message a quick check. If anything at all makes you suspicious don’t be hesitant to contact the company directly using information from a statement or the official website. A quick message can be all you need to keep your private information private.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that not all phishing attempts come from corporate sources. If a friend sends you an email and it looks particularly shady, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and verify that the email account in question hasn’t been compromised. Once again, it’s a simple step that can save you a lot of headache in the future.
But of course the best way to avoid being tricked by a phishing campaign is to ensure that their emails never reach you at all. Unlike traditional mail filters that can catch your important messages and be incorrectly configured, Sendio focuses only on the mail you want. You get the messages you need, and nothing you don’t. Which means that malicious mail like the WhatApp phishing campaign never even make it to your inbox.
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