WeTransfer virus emails leverage the popularity of the file-sharing platform, WeTranfer, to spread malware.
In this article, you will learn about WeTransfer virus emails and how to protect yourself against them.
How WeTransfer Virus Emails Work
The WeTransfer virus email appears in your inbox with the company logo deceiving you into thinking it is coming from the company itself. These emails contain download links that seemingly point to WeTransfer.
If you open such an email and click on the download link, a message indicating that your session has expired pops up. This message then requires that you enter the password of your email address after which you are either provided with a download prompt or asked for more personal information.
Neither of these two options are good for you because the download prompt exposes you to malicious contents, and you providing more personal information puts you at risk.
Email password or other personal information that you provide on these links go to scammers and online criminals. They make use of your email account and personal information to defraud you or others on your email list.
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How to Address WeTransfer Virus Emails
Do Not Open Suspected or Irrelevant Emails
The best way to not become a victim is to avoid opening emails that look illegitimate. Emails that do not come from a brand or person that is familiar should go into the recycle bin. When you receive an email with attached files or links, be careful before opening them.
Always carry out the three effective steps of ‘STOP – REFLECT – VERIFY’ before opening.
Do Not Enter Your Email Address Anywhere Without Verifying
Many hackers that use WeTransfer as cover to send virus emails accessed these emails from sites or links. Download sites are the leading sites where these email addresses are extracted from in bulk.
When these addresses are gotten, the third party, through the medium of email marketing, sends continuous virus emails to individuals. You can avoid this by limiting how and where you enter your email address.
Make Use of Email Spam Filters
These days, for many individuals and brands, their inboxes are just as busy as their day. Hundreds of emails – known and unknown – come in every day. Therefore, it can become overwhelming to manage these emails and to filter the legitimate from the illegitimate ones.
To manage your emails and quickly identify spam emails, you can make use of spam filters. These filters help you identify spam emails and flag them to prevent you from interacting with such emails. While this may not be 100% reliable, it is a good way to avoid emails that contain malware.
Change Your Email Password Regularly
The more personal information you have on your email account, the higher the need to regularly change passwords. Hackers work tirelessly to break into accounts and will do so at all cost. Therefore, you have to keep your password strong by combining numbers, letters and symbols. Moreover, refrain from telling others your password and change it when you suspect any irregularity.
WeTransfer virus emails may arrive in your inbox. These emails are often carefully crafted to deceive you into thinking it is from WeTransfer.
Do not open these emails. Instead, delete them immediately!