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Extra caution is required towards the year end. There’s a long tradition of online fraud over Christmas. Spam and phishing mails in particular are currently in high circulation.

Spam mails were the method most frequently employed to spread malware in 2018. You should therefore exercise special care when Christmas shopping: Current spam attacks use purported dispatch confirmations or invoices in particular to hide malware.

Behavioural scientists have established that these tactics are especially effective before Christmas: Spam is less conspicuous than usual since people are more prepared to take the attackers’ commercial messages seriously and are therefore more vulnerable. Current research shows that almost 40 per cent more people click on links in phishing mails over the festive season than at any other time.

The most important tips to protect yourself against phishing attacks can be found here:

  • Never answer email requests for passwords, security codes, pin codes, etc.
  • Don’t trust emails with a general address, such as «Dear Customer» or «Dear Sir or Madam».
  • Only open email-attachments sent by addresses you trust.
  • Don’t trust emails that come from someone you know, but from an unusual email address.
  • Is there a link? Hover your mouse over it and discover the true destination of the link.
Further information can be found under: https://www.ebas.ch/en/your-security-contribution/phishing

«eBanking – but secure!» would like to wish you a joyful and serene Christmas time and a good and secure New Year of 2018!

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