Horacio Azzolin, Attorney General of the Nation’s Specialized Cybercrime Fiscal Unit, shared this week a series of cybersecurity recommendations and tips that serve to be vigilant and avoid falling into virtual scams.
Digital threats multiply and become more complete day by day. From computer attacks, fraud and information theft to hacking of social media accounts, technological dependence exposes us to numerous risks if the necessary measures are not taken.
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It is for these reasons that learning to protect ourselves and make safer use of different technologies has become a necessity today.
Cybersecurity: the 6 keys to detect fraudulent emails and avoid virtual scams. (Photo: Adobe Stock)
“Reviewing the complaints received, what I am going to say is nothing new, but the public is renewed,” Azzolin posted on his Twitter/X account, before starting a thread in which he presented his recommendations.
Cybersecurity tips to avoid virtual scams
The Prosecutor’s warnings to avoid falling into cybercriminal deceptions are:
Pay attention to the prices and models offered. If it’s too good to be true, chances are it isn’t. These publications are often false, the criminals never deliver the equipment or assault the victims in the places agreed for the transaction.
Do not share the WhatsApp activation code with anyone.
If you read the text message that comes with the code, it says just that.
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If out of nowhere you receive a message on WhatsApp where a contact supposedly asks you to transfer money to an account you don’t know, be suspicious: usually, if people ask for money they don’t do it that way) If you have or had Facebook, check your passwords: the profiles are being attackedIf they call you from a bank to solve a problem, be suspicious: banks do not call to give you good news. If they also ask you to install remote access software such as Team Viewer, be more suspicious.
This is one of the most common scams. Cybercriminals send a link for victims to download an app to resolve a suspected issue with their account or personal data. But what this program does is take control of the device, capture credentials (passwords) and access homebanking to empty people’s accounts.
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Activate double factor authentication on all your platforms. Facebook, Instagram, of your accounts, each platform has information on what the recovery process is like. Search the official website and follow the steps. In addition, file a report at the police station and by phone at 911. If your phone is stolen, also file a report even if the provider does not ask you to. Activate the pin on the SIM card.
This is so that, when your cell phone is stolen and they cannot unlock it, the criminals put the SIM in another device and with that they try to recover your keys (unless you have double factor per application, which is ideal). By having a PIN, they will not be able to activate it.
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Finally, Horacio Azzolin, Attorney General of the Specialized Cybercrime Fiscal Unit, recalled that electronic commerce platforms have an option to add trusted people to your account. It is important to activate this function so that, if the device is stolen, your contact can report the crime and deactivate the account.