Christmas is fast approaching but the bad guys aren’t going on vacation and are trying to take advantage of the festive moments to hit on their most comfortable user: Team The GoogleTherefore, I decided to rush to help those who use it gmail as an email client.
The Mountain View giant, in fact, has a dedicated security team with the goal of protecting users from spam and, above all, from fraud attempts, with nearly 15 billion messages blocked every day.
But during the holiday season, the activity of bad actors increased, and in the past two weeks, blocked messages exceeded 231 billion (about 10% more than average).
Here’s what to watch out for in Gmail
Through a post on the official blog, the Gmail team wanted to make a small contribution to users, pointing out the most common and dangerous scam attempts, so that they don’t risk having a Christmas full of fears.
In particular, these are the most dangerous risks during the holidays:
- Gift cards and giftsvery popular gadgets during “shopping season” (the rule to follow to avoid nasty surprises is that if a gift seems too good to be true, it might be a scam)
- During the holiday season, scammers attempting to exploit fake products increase Charity foundations To persuade victims to provide them with personal data or to make donations
- Very dangerous are also scams Demographic targetingaddressed directly to the victim with specific references to some of his characteristics (such as age or residence)
- During the holidays, scams involving alleged people also increase Subscription renewal
- The last category is the tricks-on category Digital currencies (a popular variant uses a cryptocurrency wallet to collect payments and often attempts to extort money from the victim through a threat)
In all such cases, Gmail should signal to users that it is a possible scam attempt, but, in any case, it is always advised to act with caution, devoting all the time necessary to assess a suspicious message (rushing is always bad advice) and also paying attention to small details (eg, on For example, misspellings or a strange return address).