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Russians urged to observe ‘digital hygiene’ to protect against scammers

By on February 8, 2022 0

Artur Yanbulatov, an information security analyst at the Digital Economy League, urged Russians to observe “digital hygiene” to protect against fraudsters and account security, including on Gosuslug. His remarks are quoted by RIA Novosti.

“The most important thing is to get used to the so-called ‘digital hygiene’ and to follow the rules. For starters, you shouldn’t use the same passwords on all websites and mobile apps,” recommended l ‘expert.

According to him, the passwords may differ slightly, but in this case, if one of them is leaked, the rest of the accounts will be safe. The specialist also advised creating complex passwords of at least eight different characters, changing them regularly and not leaving them in places where strangers can see them.

Yanbulatov noted that a two-factor identification using an SMS and email confirmation code will allow you to secure your account. You must also have an e-mail box or an emergency number.

The analyst pointed out that the options available for piracy protection should not be overlooked. He reminded not to follow suspicious links and report confirmation codes.

Yanbulatov explained that if they access a personal account on state services, fraudsters can obtain loans from microfinance organizations, use an electronic digital signature to confirm real estate transactions or sell data on sites shady.

Previously, the Russians were warned about a new scheme by scammers using QR codes. In particular, the scammers pretend to be bank employees and report that they are allegedly trying to obtain a loan on behalf of the customer. To avoid this, the attackers offer to make a “free protection” and create a QR code to cancel the operation, then send it to the chatbot. However, in reality, such a QR code can be used to withdraw cash from an ATM.


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