As you may of seen on our previous blogs, malware, hackers and ransomware is on the rise so you need to take every precaution there is to protect your PC. Google Docs is now a current target with phishing attacks, so this blog will help you to avoid it and what to do if you’re attacked.
What is phishing?
Phishing is when a hacker sends a false email impersonating a bank or a store to get you to put in your personal details. They try to get access to your bank card details, passwords, anything to let them get in to your accounts to steal money and your identity.
Every day this kind of thing happens and this is why you’re always getting reminders to update your systems and change your passwords every so often. There’s never a day that goes by when updates are being made to try and eliminate the amount of hackers being successful in getting unauthorized access.
So, what do you do when you get attacked and how to avoid being an easy target?
Check the email of the sender
Hackers just use random email accounts and it can be quite bizarre what they use. One Gmail user was sent an email with the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m not sure about you but I definitely think there’s something ‘phishy’ about that email address.
If you’re expecting an email from the bank for example, make sure you check the email address first just to confirm if it is legit, other wise ignore it and do not click on any links.
Google Docs gives user permissions to control their emails that they receive. This includes the ability to flag up emails that you consider suspicious which sends a report to Google Docs, indicating that you have been send a suspicious email.
What to do if you receive a suspicious email?
If you receive a suspicious email and you aren’t sure if it is from Google Docs or not, just email them. Send a separate email to Google Docs just to check if they have sent the email or not. If they have then the links are safe to click. If they haven’t sent the email, do not click on any links just ignore it. Clicking on a link is the first stage of phishing because they got you to do what they needed you to do.
What to do if you have already opened the email on Google Docs
Even though you may of clicked the wrong thing, you can still revoke a hackers privilege. All you need to do is:
- Go to the permissions section on your Gmail account (‘My Account’) – it will then view the scam under ‘Google Docs’
- Click on ‘manage your contacts’ and ‘read, send, delete and manage your email’
- Select the ‘remove permissions’ and click ‘OK’
Once this has been done, change your password immediately because chances are, the scammers have already got your current password.
Tips for detecting a scam
- The bank never calls you for you PIN or password as it’s too public and easy for someone to listen in.
- No company will ever send someone to your house to collect private financial information, and will never ask you to transfer money from one account to another for fraud related reasons.
- Nobody will never have the need to know your personal information i.e. password, PIN etc. Only you should know this information.
- If someone calls you and they know your personal details, do not think it is legit because scammers can get your information elsewhere.
You can view our blog how to protect your PC also against hackers, malware and ransomware here