Whether it’s via WhatsApp or Facebook – without emojis, our social media conversations would be bland and uninspiring. Even in emails, the smiley faces and small pictures are becoming increasingly popular. But beware! These email emojis could spell danger.
Find out with us, how hackers use the emojis for their own purposes.
Data theft using email emojis
A little heart here, a winky-smiley there : The little colourful little pictures express feelings and are just fun. We can hardly imagine messages without emojis. It’s no wonder then, that more than five billion emojis are sent out on Facebook Messenger alone every day. Add to that WhatsApp and many other messengers, and now emails. This means more and more emojis.
But it’s the emails emojis that are causing concern. Emails with emojis in the subject are opened much more frequently than subject lines without an emoji. And this is exactly what hackers use to access your sensitive data, Identity Theft Resource Center reports.
Emoji keyboards lead you into a trap
Hackers exploit our love for emojis mercilessly. They work with downloadable emoji keyboards, which are also free, and send email emojis. The problem is that emojis should only be obtained from trustworthy sources. If you are looking for new emojis, then check out the app stores. Otherwise, you should only use the emojis that already come with apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Threema, Instagram etc.
If you’re too trusting, you’ll find out what traps await you in our blog posts Whats-App subscription trap and Romantic Emoticons. In the blog posts you can also see how easy it is to fall for the scammers.
Hacker attack not only via email emoji
When hackers attempt to access your personal information, they do so by sending you malicious emojis via messenger to your smartphone or tablet. If you tap the emoji, the hackers will be able to track everything you enter on your device, including your login and, in the worst case, online banking information.
The criminals either use this information themselves or sell it profitably to third parties. Or you can have an email emoji sent directly to your inbox. If you open the email, a virus will be automatically downloaded that will rage on your computer or mobile phone in the future.
If you have been caught by hacked emojis, you will notice that your tablet, mobile phone or computer suddenly works remarkably slowly. It’s also possible that push ads will appear or some apps won’t work anymore.
Help after hacker attack
If you notice that your devices are no longer working as they usually do, or if apps suddenly go on strike, you should immediately uninstall the apps and start your antivirus software. If you don’t have up-to-date virus protection on your devices, come to your local TrustATec partner as soon as possible.
During our security check consultation, we perform a virus search and remove malware completely thanks to professional virus removal. With an up-to-date virus protection program, we can protect you from future threats.