Phishing, an Internet fraud

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I’m Paula Santolaya, reporting live from SANTOLIVE in my virtual reality. Have comments, opinions, or suggestions? Post them in the comments section or email me at

The coronavirus crisis caused has forced many people to telework from home and companies are increasingly concerned about the cybersecurity of their employees and their corporate networks. Attacks on the Internet through the so-called phishing have grown exponentially and cybercriminals rub their hands because people continually fall into the trap.

Phishing is the identity theft, through sophisticated engineering techniques, to steal information, money, install a virus or take control of our devices. The most common is to send emails, WhatsApp or SMS apparently from trusted sources such as banks, electricity companies, or the Post Office, whose text indicates the urgency of providing access codes, private data or the bank card number.

Most of the threats detected, both to individuals and companies, are based on daily actions that could pass for real. But we can avoid being the object of phishing by distrusting messages that invite to open files or request bank details and, if the inevitable has happened and the deception has been completed, immediately file a complaint with the Police.

Cybercriminals devise new deception strategies every day. People, especially teleworkers, must remain on their guard to avoid falling into the trap. Teleworking is already a right but due to the urgency of implementing it, a necessary step has been skipped: cybersecurity training for employees. Companies should take notes because our money is at stake.

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