Anyone who is connected to the internet, and especially those who have online accounts such as social networking or email, could get compromised or ‘hacked’. The faster you respond to a successful attack, the faster you can minimize the damage.
How does an attacker get your password?
There used to be a time when shopping on the internet was very rare and uncommon, but thanks to the emergence of Facebook and Instagram e-shops, Bruneians have now learned to gain trust in making purchases with the click of a mouse, whether for clothing, electronics or car parts. While this has proven to be convenient, there are also risks involved with online shopping and people should be aware of them.
Spam are unwanted bulk messages sent through electronic messaging systems. The most widely recognized form of spam is sent through email, but can also refer to bulk messages sent through other media such as:
- Instant messaging spam
- Search engine spam
- Mobile phone text messages
- Junk fax transmissions
- File sharing spam
Identity theft occurs when someone steals personal information such as your name, identity card number or credit card number, so that they can pretend to be someone else. This is usually done to gain access to finances, get medical benefits, to avoid the police, or to commit other crimes.
How do identity thieves find your personal information?
As businesses and individuals rely on emails for communication, it is critical to protect the information contained in emails against threats. Email is one of the most popular mediums for phishing attempts or virus distribution, especially through email attachments.
Email security threats
It’s common in Brunei Darussalam to receive the latest news or photos from your friends through social media, especially through messaging services such as WhatsApp. The majority of these messages tend to be false and unfortunately will spread like wildfire when people forward them to everyone they know.