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Android, iPhone cybercrime ALERT! Watch out for these 3 warning signs in your inbox

Here are three warning signs you need to monitor in your messages inbox to stay safe from cybercrime. Check it here.

| Updated on: May 06 2023, 15:10 IST
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1/7 As people have become more tech-savvy and started taking full advantage of the internet, the cases of cyber crime have also increased. Registration of cyber offences, including online frauds under the pretext of offering jobs, gifts etc. and payment of electricity bills, rose by 63.7 per cent to 4,718 in 2022 compared to 2,883 cases in 2021, according to the Mumbai Crime Report. Cyber crime cases in 2022 rose by 112 per cent compared to 2,225 cases registered during the pre-COVID period in 2019, according to a report by PTI. (REUTERS)
2/7 Post the COVID pandemic, crimes such as part-time job fraud, cheating in the name of cryptocurrency investment, insurance fraud, sextortion, and electricity bill fraud have risen, as per the report released. In 2022, a total of 2,170 cheating cases, including frauds like customs, gift, purchase, job, insurance, etc, were registered. In order to ditch criminals and stay safe online, here are 5 steps you can adopt. (AP)
3/7 Keep strong password: You need to keep a strong password that no one can crack. You are advised to avoid keeping your birthday, phone number, astro sign, among others as your password, as it can be easily guessed. Also, using a password manager will help you store and use a strong, unique password for each site you log into. (Reuters)
4/7 Use the browser with Enhanced security protection: To be even more secure while browsing the web, turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing protection. If you are a Chrome user, you can switch it on in your Chrome settings. It substantially increases protection from dangerous websites and downloads by sharing real-time data with Safe Browsing. (Unsplash)
5/7 Use 2-step verification: Two-factor authentication can use your phone to add an extra step to verify that it's you when you sign in. Signing in with both a password and a second step on your phone protects against password-stealing scams. (Pixabay)
6/7 Avoid clicking on links provided in suspicious mails: Several fraudsters use fake email id to woo people by offering them false job offers, rewards, etc., and ask them to click on certain links. If you click on those links you can end up losing your hard earned money. Also check if the email id is authentic or not before providing any personal details. (Pixabay)
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7/7 Install antivirus: You also need to install antivirus in your system to stay protected for viruses and other cyber attacks.  (Pixabay)
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Here are the signs you need to monitor when you receive a suspicious text message. (Pixabay)

Which phone do you own? Android or an iPhone? Well, all the phone users are being warned of a dangerous text message which has the power to empty your bank account. Speaking to The US Sun, a leading cyber-expert revealed the "red flag" messages all the smartphone users need to look out for. Notably, cybercrime has been rising all over the globe and a scam or malware can steal your hard earned money along with personal and crucial details. Taking advantage of your details, hackers can even blackmail or defraud you.

One of the common ways of fooling people is via text messages. According to the report by the Sun, Erich Kron, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4 has informed of three red flags, which one needs to keep an eye on.

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The first sign is that you are sent urgent or threatening texts without any pleasantries. "Attackers often send messages with short, to the point instructions that are often driven by urgency," Kron told The Sun.

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The second sign of warning is when the user is asked to provide some personal details like an OTP, code, among others, that has come as a text message on your smartphone. It must be noted that you should never provide any kind of code or OTP to any unknown person as it can be a two-factor authentication code that allows hackers or criminals to log in to the user's online app accounts.

The last point which you need to notice is when text messages come from an unknown contact and that too without any related matter. Treat them as suspicious, Kron said.

The hacker can pose as a staff of the bank where you have an account, an agent, or someone else. They will make sure you believe them and provide them with all the details they are asking for. However, you need to stay alert.

These three warning signs could help you save not only your personal details from landing in wrong hands but also from losing your hard earned money.

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First Published Date: 06 May, 15:09 IST