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Microsoft warns MILLIONS of users to protect themselves from dangerous ‘online phishing and attacks’

With cybercrime on the rise, it can feel like you’re being attacked from every angle.

Fortunately, Microsoft has a blog post dedicated to protecting its users “from online attacks and phishing”.

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The blog post marks scams, tech support scams, and malware as its main areas of concern.

Microsoft has listed some wise tips that can protect you in each of these situations.

Cheat

Microsoft explains: “One of the most common attacks we see is what we call ‘phishing’ (pronounced like fishing) attacks.

This is when an attacker contacts you pretending to be someone you know or an organization you trust and tries to ask you to give them personal information or open a malicious website or file. .”

The tech giant recommends that you carefully read all the messages you receive and look at us for messages that push you to take “urgent action”.

Usually, scammers will try and scare you into immediate action so that you give your money and details before you have time to think.

It also says that you must never click on suspicious links or open attachments you are unsure of.

Using SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge can help you block known phishing websites.

Malware

Being aware of phishing schemes can also protect you from Malware as phishing emails often contain fake attachments that can download viruses to your computer.

Microsoft explains: “Malware is malicious software and is sometimes referred to as a ‘virus.’ It can be designed to do a variety of things including steal your personal data, steal identity, use your device to silently attack other machines, use your computer’s resources for cryptocurrency mining or any other malicious task.

“There are a number of ways your machine can become infected with malware, but the most common ways are opening malicious attachments or downloading and opening files from an unsafe website.”

To avoid malware, be wary of email attachments and make sure you update Windows whenever new software becomes available.

Tech support scam

The last thing Microsoft warns about are scams that pretend to provide you with IT support.

It said: “Another attack we see frequently is tech support scam. In this attack, the scammer contacts you and tries to convince you that something is wrong. with your computer and you should let them “fix” it for you.

“The two most common ways they contact you are through fake error messages on your computer or by calling you on the phone.”

You will see these fake error messages on malicious or compromised websites.

Try and avoid clicking on any pop-ip error messages that are not from your Windows PC.

“Remember that real error messages from Microsoft, or other big tech companies, never include a phone number for you to call them,” Microsoft says.

It also says that it will never coldly call you to tell you about a problem.

Close your browser if you see a lot of scary operating system pop-ups and try restarting your computer.

You can also report scams at https://microsoft.com/reportascam.

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