Even during the holidays, watch out for scams on smartphones

While our smartphones are never very far from us and their use has been extended to the whole family thanks to confinement, scams are on the rise this summer. To remind users to be vigilant, an expert contacted by Europe 1 gives some rudimentary advice to be exposed as little as possible to these attacks.

With the confinement and the development of teleworking, we are even more inclined to keep an eye on our phone. All the more reason to be more vigilant against potential scams to which we may be subject through it. On vacation, on the beach or at the swimming pool, we must not relax, because the professional smartphone is never very far from us. During confinement, it was also used by children for remote schooling. Result: the whole family uses it. But if we relax the attention with the summer, the risks of piracy , they do not take leave.

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Avoid fraudulent messages and phishing attacks

However, there are several ways to protect yourself from it, assures Jérôme Soyer, director of Varonis, a company specializing in data protection. First, “don’t let your smartphone or computer get out of hand,” he advises. “Generally, we are used to sharing our smartphone with our child so that they can watch the latest cartoon; in restaurants, we will connect our smartphone to the first open wifi network, which is not always the most reliable. . ”he continues.

The director of Varonis also advises to limit the time on the phone and to “agree to time slots on which we will answer our emails”. One way, according to him, to avoid fraudulent messages and phising attacks [technique used by fraudsters to obtain personal information in order to usurp the identity of a user, Editor’s note]. During the Covid-19 crisis and the confinement, fraudulent emails have proliferated to reach unprecedented heights. Over 30,000% of attacks were recorded between January and April.