It is not just emails that contain malicious links. With 2 billion users worldwide, WhatsApp has proved to be not only a channel for the rapid spread of fake news, but also for scams and virus firing.
Clicking the malicious link serves as a gateway to access your data, your wifi network and your company's network. In this period of social detachment, with many people working remotely, the vulnerability increases and so does the number of invasion attempts.
But how do you know if a link is secure? TI Safe has selected 5 tips that can help you:
1) Read the address carefully: Malicious links can come with a slight change in the address that in the quick reading goes unnoticed. Be aware of the exchange of letters for numbers and wrong extensions, where it should be gov can be org or br, for example.
2) Search Google: Instead of clicking on the link, go to Google and search for the store, institution or company about which you want to obtain certain information. As Google feeds the ranking with reputation variables, fake websites have a hard time appearing at the top of the search.
3) Observe the security of the site: shopping sites and banks have a lock on the browser on the left, before the address. The figure indicates that the page is certified and that the data is encrypted. Without the padlock, the site can be a scam.
4) Watch out for pop-ups: Some sites have a pop-up (that window that opens over the main site) that offers an installation so that you can see the content of the page, be wary of these requests as well, as it may be a site with virus.
5) Link checker: You can copy the link and paste it into link checkers, for example, Whole virus, Google Transparency Report or URLVoid