Keeping up with current affairs is yet another task that cybercriminals are good at. Knowing what is in the headlines allows them to find new ways of targeting potential victims. 

Wherever there is a headline, there’s a way in  

Cast your mind back to the beginnings of the Covid-19 crisis. How many stories did we hear where email phishing attacks used subject matter based around the pandemic? Yes, plenty! Cybercriminals were vigilant in spotting vulnerabilities… and then struck. They recognised that people around the world were living with heightened anxiety and were less likely to be vigilant when opening emails, clicking on links and divulging information. 

Keep up with current affairs 

Our advice? Keep an eye on the news, and then on your emails. As an example, we’re all hearing reports about inflationary pressures and the cost of living crisis. Tesco is warning of a voucher scam where bogus messages are offering £500 worth of “free groceries” – cybercriminals recognise that some people are in desperate need of support and are unscrupulous in their use of this vulnerability. 

Think before you click 

Don’t be drawn in to scam emails. We recognise that this is easier said than done; emails are often VERY cleverly written (not all scam emails have dodgy spelling and grammar). No matter how concerned you are about something that’s happening in the news, don’t assume that the sender of a well-titled email is as concerned as you – they could well be more concerned about themselves and how to take your money. 

For more information on protecting yourself from a cyberattack talk to Net Primates. Our Microsoft Office 365 Enhanced Security software incorporates vital email security, flagging emails that appear fraudulent to help you stay safe.