In the period between July and September of this year, experts discovered nearly 150 suspicious websites that use the word playstation in their address, while in September alone they found, so far, more than 60 of these sites, but the fact of the matter indicates that the numbers may be much higher. .
Those sites claimed to provide the opportunity for users to pre-book the “PlayStation 5” platform by paying a down payment or leaving their personal information, while some claimed to sell the new device at a low price. Also, some phishing sites claimed that the previous version (PlayStation 4) could be obtained at a much lower price due to the proximity of the latest version of the device.
Tatiana Sidorina, Kaspersky’s chief web content analyst, renewed reminding users that things that appear “very attractive” on the web should be viewed with suspicion, as likely to involve fraud. She added: “The sources of promotional messages that encourage obtaining a product should be checked by pre-booking in a very striking way, so we should not click on the links in suspicious emails or messages sent through messaging services and social networks, and it is also important to install a security solution linked. With up-to-date databases on phishing sites and spam.
Kaspersky experts recommend the following measures to protect against phishing threats and online fraud:
- Always check the web addresses (URL) for links contained in unexpected messages or from an unknown sender, to make sure that they are authentic and that they are not covering a link that leads to a malicious page or download of malware.
- Avoid entering account data or personal information if you are not sure about the authenticity of the website. And if the user suspects that he may have entered any information on a fake page, he must immediately change the password, and rush to contact the bank or payment service provider if he believes that his banking details have been compromised.
- Use a secure connection to the wireless Internet, especially when visiting sensitive websites, and avoid connecting to public networks without a password; An insecure connection allows cybercriminals to direct a user to phishing pages without their knowledge. It is best to use a VPN to encrypt your traffic, such as Kaspersky Secure Connection.
- Make sure to use a security solution with behavioral-based anti-phishing technologies, such as Kaspersky Security Cloud or Kaspersky Total Security, that alerts the user if they are about to visit a phishing page.
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