The scary form of SMS phishing, how to avoid it?

The scary form of SMS phishing, how to avoid it?

 The exchange of malicious text messages has increased worldwide. This type of scam called SMS phishing has existed since the use of mobile.

Lately, this kind of phishing has been taking a frightening form. It is constantly being debated in the international arena. Last month, many people said they had received "smearing text" that looked like e-commerce giant Amazon.

He also mentioned that some of the messages came from Netflix and some from New York's automobile department.

Such a problem is now spreading to other countries as well. If you look at the Twitter feed, every day someone is saying that they have received such texts. Moreover, many benefited from the phishing scare of Kovid 19.

People trust SMS more than email. Older people have a different impression of SMS.

Apart from the mass media, the government has a personal SMS for citizen awareness. During Kovid, the government and telecom operators in a joint initiative tried to make the citizens aware through SMS.

Earlier, it was found that the personal details of a series of cyberattacks in Nepal had been misused. After the cyberattacks on Foodmandu and Vinet, fraudulent calls and SMSes started coming to the mobile numbers made public by the hackers.

Users have been receiving calls from numbers like +4444472432558, 336517048157, +333341295998. However, the victims had said that they would be deducted as soon as they received the call. Most of the numbers received through fraudulent calls and SMS were reported to be out of Vinet.

Mobile numbers that have already been activated with Viber account have received activation codes many times. Cybersecurity experts say that the best option is to ignore such calls and SMS.

There is also some evidence that smudging is on the rise. According to security firm Proofpoint, in the third quarter of 2020, message phishing worldwide increased by 328 percent compared to the previous quarter.

It is in the process of growing because of the success of the smashing attack. Apoorva Kumar, a security intelligence engineer at mobile security company Lookout, says it is successful because of the tendency of people to respond to notifications and messages on their devices very quickly.

But Semion Kone, the chief strategic officer at Adaptive Mobile Security, said such attacks would work well and telecom companies were working well to prevent it.

Telecom companies are also investing heavily in security solutions to prevent phishing and spam messages from reaching their customers.

Incidents of daily scams are happening. But unfortunately, despite knowing this, they are succeeding because the attackers change the method and source of the attack.

If you receive a spam message, you can follow the tips we have given to stop such messages.

How to stop

No matter what phone you use, you get cam and spam text messages. Such messages not only make people angry and frustrated but also sometimes mislead them.

You may have also received a warning message such as when you won a lottery ticket or when your iCloud account was hacked.

Such messages are not sent just to deceive or grieve as we thought. Instead, such messages are sent for far-reaching purposes.

The main purpose of such messages is to try to get information about their personal account by sending messages to the users. After receiving such details, an attempt is made to gain access to online accounts by taking over the phone.

Today we are going to give you some information that will protect your mobile from the potential risk of scams and spam messages.

1. Don't open any unnecessary links

Scammers are very clever. They sometimes send messages that look like they were sent to us by a legitimate company. For example, a wireless carrier can send a link asking you to verify your account information.

Such a link can lead you to a site that looks very real. But it is thrown away. It uses your username, password, and other personal details, which may be used in the future.

So if you receive an unexpected message, do not open the link inside it. Do not keep your account or personal information even if you open it.

2. Think before you reply by typing 'stop'

One of the best ways to prevent such spam messages is to reply to them with a 'stop'. Doing so reduces the number of annoying messages from a political campaigner to a service provider.

But scammers can use this method again to deceive you. After we send a stop message, hackers can find out that our phone number is genuine and target us and send us more messages and robots.

So before you reply by writing a stop, do a little research on the nature of the message.

3. Use the phone's Bluetooth in the blocking tool

Another option is to block such numbers yourself. Both iOS and Android have a built-in tool that blocks messages and calls from certain numbers.

iPhone users open the message in the messaging app and tap the profile photo at the top. You can also tap the info in it. Tap the phone number on the next screen and then go to 'Block This Color'. After doing so, such messages are blocked.

4. File a complaint

If you want to prevent spam messages from appearing now or in the future, you can file a complaint with the relevant telecom regulator or telecommunication service provider in the country.

Otherwise, you can register a complaint of such messages with the police office for cybersecurity issues.