The bad guys are at it again, using popular messaging apps to trick you into downloading malware. These scammers know you’re used to looking out for suspicious emails, so they’re hoping to catch you off guard in the messaging apps you often use.

The attack is simple: The bad guys send a malicious link in apps such as Skype and Facebook Messenger. If you click on this link, a complex attack begins and you’re left with a ransomware-infected machine.

Don’t fall for this messaging scam! If you receive a suspicious message from someone you don’t know, don’t open it!

Remember these tips to avoid malware attacks from messaging applications:

  • Never click on a link in a message unless you know the sender is legitimate.
  • Before clicking, always hover over links to see where they are taking you. If you’re unsure, don’t click!
  • At work, ask your IT team about the antivirus and endpoint protection tools they have in place. At home, be sure to establish a layer of defense on your personal devices.

Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.