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National KE-CIRT/CC Cybersecurity Best Practice Guide of the Week

 

Responding To Security Notifications

 

 

In This Issue:

*    Responding to security notifications  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fake security notifications scam has many variations, but there are some telltale signs. For example:

* You may get ads that promise to "delete viruses or spyware," "protect privacy," "improve computer function," "remove harmful files," or "clean your registry";

* You may get "alerts" about "malicious software" or "illegal pornography on your computer";

* You may be invited to download free software for a security scan or to improve your system;

* You could get pop-ups that claim your security software is out-of-date and your computer is in immediate danger;

* You may suddenly encounter an unfamiliar website that claims to have performed a security scan and prompts you to download new software.

Fake security warnings are created by scammers trying to trick people into giving them passwords and personal data so they can hack accounts and steal identities. They have nothing to do with your device and there's nothing you can do to stop criminals from trying to target you.The scammer will create a fake page and target you.
Please take note that legitimate security companies do NOT communicate by sharing posts or by private message from a social media account. They also do NOT threaten to disable accounts. They do NOT use apps or external sites to "verify" anything. These are the methods of scammers, and the "ticking clock" is to push people into reacting without thinking. 

These warnings that are supposed to look like they are protecting you end up being viruses if you click on them.

Fake security notifications schemes can be quite sophisticated. The cyber criminals purchase ad space on trusted, popular websites. Although the ads look legitimate and harmless to the website’s operator, they actually redirect unsuspecting visitors to a fraudulent website that performs a bogus security scan. The site then causes a barrage of urgent pop-up messages that pressure users into downloading worthless software.

Make it a practice not to click on any links within pop-ups.

It is recommended that you take precautions to ensure your operating systems are updated and your legitimate security software is current. If you receive these anti-virus pop-ups, close the browser or shut down your computer system. Run a full anti-virus scan whenever the computer is turned back on. Further, you can contact your respective IT Helpdesk/Support to assist you with protection and preventive measures as per their laid down policies.

 

Have the above guide in mind when operating your computer systems. Report any cybercrime incident/activity to  incidents@ke-cirt.go.ke. / www.ke-cirt.go.ke