Expert Lopatin: Online shoppers should install an antivirus before selling
MOSCOW, November 19 – RIA Novosti. Scammers on Black Friday often create fake sites that visually resemble official sites in order to reveal the personal data of Russians, online shoppers should protect themselves – install an antivirus and regularly update it, a senior specialist in the investigation of fraudulent events at MegaFon told RIA Novosti He told Boris Lopatin.
“During the sales season, a large number of phishing sites appear on the network that pretend to be online stores of famous brands or offer fake discounts … I recommend that all fans of online shopping install software with antivirus and anti-phishing functions on their devices. Expert, do not forget to update it regularly” said.
As Lopatin emphasizes, on Black Friday, attackers create fake online stores of well-known brands and go to great lengths to promote them, so links to such sites may appear on the first page of search results. Visually, a fake resource will practically in no way differ from the official page of the seller.
“The name of the site in the address bar is the first thing you should pay attention to. You should check the spelling literally to every letter: sometimes scammers use combinations that are very similar to the official names of online stores,” Lopatin said. .
The second important clue may be a blue checkmark – official pages in search engines are usually marked with this mark. Do not neglect the warnings in the browser, as emphasized by the expert. Operators often put a so-called “stub”, which is a warning that the site may contain viruses and use fraudulent schemes.
“There is another trick that scammers often resort to during sales – advertising banners in social networks, applications or mobile games. They can redirect you to phishing sites with fake discount coupons in market places. You can protect yourself by installing the official application of the seller”, – summarized Lopatin.
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