If you use QuickBooks, be careful about clicking on any links or opening any attachments you receive in emails regarding your software. According to the IT security blog malwarebytes.org, cybercriminals are circulating a fake email designed to download malicious software onto the computers of unsuspecting users.
The email reads as follows:
INTUIT Security Warning
As of November 5th, 2015, we will be updating the browsers we support. We encourage you to upgrade to the latest version for the best online experience. Please proceed the following link, download and install the security update for all supported browsers to be on top with INTUIT online security!
In this case, users who click on the link given in the email are taken to a website that detects the internet browser used and offers an update link . . . that instead downloads a virus, keylogger, or malicious adware without the user’s knowledge.
Be cautious – rather than clicking on links or opening attachments in unexpected emails, it’s best to take the time to visit the official website of the product or look up the customer service number and call for support (rather than calling any number that might be provided in the email). That way you’ll know for sure whether or not an email is legitimate.
Unfortunately, these kinds of cyberattacks are more and more prevalent, and the best defense is to “think before you click!”