It’s a common practice to send Christmas and new year e-greetings to friends and colleagues and other social network connections. However this is the time we see increase in spam and phishing scam emails with a fake e-cards every year. This year too we expect the trend to continue. At Quick Heal we are already taking care by constantly monitoring all the email traffic as well as social networking links to see any malware related activity. This helps us to keep our web security cloud service updated every minute. Users do not have to worry about such spam emails or links. At the same time we want to make you aware about the situations. This definitely helps in increased awareness.
It has been observed that spammers distribute fake e-cards on such special festive seasons to take advantage of it to achieve high success rate. Since during festive time people do expect e-cards from friends and relatives they tend to ignore the security risk and possibly click on attachments or links without verifying the sender. We have already started to see increase in Christmas related spam messages.
Please follow below tips to avoid falling in malware trap this festive season:
– Do not open e-card sent from unknown person or whose sender is not specified.
– Most of the e-cards website does include complete senders name in subject line. E-cards that do not have senders name in subject line and if the source of the email too is completely new, simply delete the e-card without opening it.
– Do not click on the tempting links in the email without proper verifying the sender and other contents of the email.
– When visiting an e-card website by clicking on the link in the email, if Quick Heal web security displays some warning then avoid visiting that website completely.
We wish you and your family happy and safe Christmas and prosperous new year!