The social media app TikTok is popular for its creative audio and visual filters. TikTok adds and removes filters frequently, so some users may look for ways to access filters that haven’t been added. Now, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the demand for new filters to manipulate you into downloading malware.
In a recent scam, cybercriminals share malicious links across TikTok and other platforms. They claim that these links will download filters that haven’t been added to the app. If you click the link and download the file, it may contain the filter you’re expecting. However, it may also contain malware that cybercriminals can use to monitor your device and steal your sensitive information, such as your login credentials.
Follow the tips below to stay safe from similar scams:
- Always think before you click. This type of cyberattack is designed to trigger you to click impulsively by offering exclusive content.
- Never download files from an unverified source. Files that install and run as expected could still contain malware without you knowing.
Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) on your accounts when it is available. MFA adds a layer of security by requiring that you provide additional verification to log in to your account.
Stop, Look, & Think. Don’t be Fooled!
The HoyleCohen Cybersecurity Team