Written on 14/01/2022

 Alvaro Gonzalez Cyber security expert for BAT writes


Phishing is a cybercrime that seeks to steal and/or access confidential information. Criminals pose as large companies, clients, co-workers, family members, among others, to convince you or create the urgency to voluntarily hand over your information and/or download or access malicious content.  These attacks play with the absent-mindedness and the personification of an entity and/or person you trust, so you always have to remain alert.

Tip 1: Many of the phishing attacks are perpetrated by criminals whose English is not their first language. 

Look at the spell of the message or the website.

Tip2: Think twice about the data they are asking you for; if the level of privacy of the data requested by the website is exceeded with its functionalities, it is likely a phishing attack,

Tip 3: If you suspect an email from your inbox, mark it as spam and forward it to to review it. If it turns out that it is not a phishing email, you can unmark it as spam.

Tip 4: If you have shared information or have clicked and/or downloaded a file from an email that you suspect is a phishing attack, follow the following protocol:


  1. Stay calm.
  2. Turn off the computer as quickly as possible.
  3. Get in touch via email with or your own IT lead.  Avoid Zoom, it isn't so secure.  The experts will guide you through the procedures. 

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