It is always about staying secure online especially with so many threats like spams, virus, malware and spyware. Another thing that you need be aware is about threats that hackers pose. As we all know about various threats and scams that came out on April Fools’ day. Though there are numerous means of playing prank on people but the most prevalent are the online scams that people often fall to. Malicious scam pose greater risk to online security of anyone who falls for it. Things like phishing has been long known to lure a user into divulging their financial details online. You will not even be aware that the link you are accessing will ultimately lead you to a phishing website.
It has always been so that cyber criminals take the advantage of special events or holidays to trick online users into accessing their link, clicking attachments and even navigating to malicious websites. On special occasions you might receive an e-mail message with a subject line saying: the best April Fools’ prank or hilarious joke on April Fools’. The variations can even be like look who fooled, is this prank for real, celebrity caught on camera in April Fools’ prank.
No matter what the message says or the video attachment is about it is essential to stay safe online and not spread spams to the inbox messages to your contacts. Another thing to keep in mind is that you need to be alert to such scams. It is difficult to differentiate between a scam and a joke but keeping some tips in mind will help you get through safely.
What to Do?
It is essential to keep an eye on special events such as April Fools’ Day. You can set reminders that will keep you alert against any such suspicious activity on that day. This will keep you conscious of any online schemes or offers that seem too good to be true. Keep the following things in mind to stay safe online and surf with security.
• Before accessing any link, clicking on a video, a news item or opening an e-mail attachment it is essential to ask yourself if it sounds suspicious. It is better to be skeptical and doubtful about it instead of being victimized at the end. Considering these will help you understand and then take the steps. You will be able to access the situation before you fall into the trap of phishing or malware attack.
• Another important thing to keep in mind is not to answer or open attachments sent from unknown sources. It is advisable that you open e-mails from your contact list or people who you know.
• If your job involves escalations handling or dealing in e-mail messages then it is advisable to create different inboxes for receiving specific messages.
• Another thing to keep in mind is to double check the news so that you will know if it is authentic or a spoof.
• Finding an unknown link in your e-mail or even comment box should be immediately removed as a better part of security practice.
Telling Real from Fake
It is not always so that whatever you see, hear or stumble upon on April Fools Day 2022 Fools’ is a spoof or a spam. There are examples in history that have been correct, it was just a co-incidence when the news of Marvin Gaye’s assassination came on 1st April 1984. Another such example is that of Gmail launching its 1GB storage space announcement that too came out on all fools’ day in year 2004.
Often many do not believe on the news that comes up on Twitter, Facebook or other such social media websites but all is not so. Although it might sound difficult but you can actually tell real from fake. Remember news coming from an official news source or a news media have greater chances of being real from the one that is just flashed across various social media without any authentic sources. However you need to be careful while analyzing and judging any news piece.
If you get news that says posting it on your Facebook wall or sharing it on your Whatsapp message will ensure that your account will keep running then it is definitely not authentic. Such news pieces are just tossed around on the social media and message services to spread spam and to interfere with the network traffic.
The next time you hear news about Facebook shutdown or purchasing a service pack to keep your account running then you need to verify it first and act wisely. Check for any trusted sources that have called it a prank or already asking people not to believe on the said hoax.
Keeping the above tips in mind will help you stay alert against scams and spams. However, it is always advisable not to blindly believe on everything, double-checking is the best security measure.