How to Protect Your Accounts from Data Theft and Fraud

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In this series of articles, we delve into the crucial topic of data and account theft. Recently, our Creator Tools plugin founder, Igor, received several phishing attempts in just one week, highlighting the importance of awareness and caution.

How Phishing Scams Work

Scenario: Fraudsters pose as representatives from large companies seeking to advertise on your channel. Here's the typical process:

1. Initial Contact: You receive an email expressing interest in advertising on your channel.

2. Follow-up: They send a link, usually to Google Drive, asking you to download an archive or document.

3. Execution: If you download and run the file (often disguised as a program), it scans your file system and registry, sending session keys to the fraudsters.

4. Account Access: The fraudsters log into your account using your session keys, bypassing normal login procedures.

Prevention Tips:

1. Verify Requests: Always verify the legitimacy of unexpected advertising requests. Contact the company directly through known and official channels.

2. Check Links: Be cautious of links in unsolicited emails. Do not download files from unknown sources.

Importance of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Even if attackers obtain your session keys, 2FA can add a critical layer of security:

1. Unfamiliar Login Attempts: Most systems detect attempts to log in from new devices, locations, or browsers.

2. Security Code Requirement: With 2FA enabled, attackers need a security code sent to your phone, which makes it nearly impossible for them to access your account.

Advanced Phishing Attempts:

- Attackers might use your personal phone number to send phishing SMS messages with links to fake service pages (e.g., Instagram).

- Clicking these links can give fraudsters additional data, potentially intercepting your security code.

Best Practices to Protect Your Accounts

1. Enable Two-Factor Authentication: Always use 2FA to add an extra layer of security.

2. Be Wary of Unexpected Requests: Scrutinize any unexpected messages, especially those asking for personal information or downloads.

3. Use Strong, Unique Passwords: Ensure your passwords are strong, unique, and changed regularly.

4. Keep Your Contact Information Updated: Ensure your phone number and email address are current to avoid losing access to your accounts.

5. Regularly Review Account Activity: Monitor your account for any suspicious activity and report it immediately.


Always be cautious and vigilant. Fraud attempts are becoming increasingly sophisticated, but by staying informed and implementing security measures, you can protect your accounts from being compromised. Stay safe and secure online!

Russian version

Examples of what letters from scammers can look like: screenshots of real letters and fake offers of cooperation, which suggests account hacking.

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