Don’t let your mom get phished on Valentine’s day

Winter each year greets significant rise in crime, a pattern which has troubling consequences for the preferred victims of cybercrime: adults over 60. This past month, cyberattackers have used celebrity death, geopolitical instability, and the Wuhan outbreak of coronavirus to send out targeted phishing campaigns to the email inboxes of the unwary.

Current events are phishing bait

Thinking they are getting an important update on global health or current events, many have fallen prey to a careless click motivated by good intentions to stay informed using their inbox. Users of all ages need to be aware of the potential dangers of unsolicited emails, job offers, get rich quick schemes, and fraudsters of all kinds—especially after recent current events.

This week is about showing love to people you love. It’s easy to do during the holidays, easy to forget when the new year gets going, and then this holiday shows up to remind us about caring for one another. Over the next two weeks, be the one looking out for your elderly family members. Check in with them about any sudden holiday trip offers, out of the blue new contacts, and other suspicious activities that could mean they are at risk. There have been a ton of attacks launched when people are feeling insecure already, which only makes it easier for fear to cause a click and for someone you love to get ruined by phishing. Besides, it’s a great time of year to make contact with your family and friends and make them feel a bit of extra love.

How to spot a phishing attack

This year’s wave of online crime has already started focusing on demanding ransom to retrieve important photographs and documents. Criminals trick people into revealing their email credentials in order to reset their bank password and create alarming news items or advertisements to steer people away from their normal daily lives.

If your loved ones aren’t so spam-savvy, this phishing quiz is a great start. More than half of all spam contains malware so it’s a conversation worth having: if you didn’t expect it in your inbox, assume it’s got malware.  Anti-malware products should be called anti-worry products instead because they’re watching something you don’t have to. Even if your mom or uncle can’t spot the fake links in a spam mail, Rubica can.

Anti-malware works better than anti-virus

97% of malware is polymorphic, meaning it shape-shifts to avoid detection. Anti-virus just isn’t designed to protect against advanced malware that adapts so quickly. In such a harsh landscape, you need a product that’s even more advanced and adaptable than the malware it fights, not something that’s a step behind.

Rubica’s anti-malware app protects against hacks by combining the best tools and the best humans. Our machine learning environment combs through the world’s available data looking for malware. Our experts interpret the results, using analysis to go hunt for new malware in a way that machines alone cannot. When we find and block a malware threat we

We’re watching out for the ones you want to protect this Valentine’s Day and every day. So whenever you happen to read this: show someone some love them and make them feel less vulnerable to begin with. It’s the best protection of all.