How to avoid phishing emails
- How to avoid phishing emails
Hackers are continuously seeking new ways to evade antivirus systems, and attaching HTML documents to an email is one of the most prevalent methods.
Malicious HTML attachments hide phishing content better than email body links because they are less likely to be detected by email filters.
Popular antivirus service Kaspersky has identified two primary forms of HTML attachments used by cybercriminals: HTML files with a link to a fake website or an actual phishing page.
Using the first form of HTML attachment, an attacker can hide a link in the attached file and automatically redirect a prospective victim to a fraudulent site. In contrast, the second type of HTML attachment allows an attacker to bypass constructing a phoney website and save on hosting costs.
In the first four months of this year, Kaspersky discovered approximately 2 million emails with malicious HTML files.
Attaching phishing URLs to emails
In order to use this approach, you must move the code around in a way that makes it difficult to understand. In order to make the original code more difficult to repair, some fraudsters employ a variety of ready-made tools.
Encoding or compressing their code makes it appear smaller than it really is, which is another method of concealing phishing material in email attachments. When Kaspersky recently discovered a malicious HTML attachment containing a full-fledged phishing page encoded in a tiny, two-line script, they knew they were on to something.
How to avoid phishing emails
In order to fool unsuspecting users into handing over their personal information, phishing sites often replicate the look and feel of trustworthy websites. It’s easy to spot a fake website, even if it’s almost an exact replica of the real thing, by looking for spelling mistakes or by checking the URL in your browser’s address bar.
You should never use your email address to access a company’s login page; instead, use the company’s website or a search engine to find the login page. You’ll be sure you’re not visiting a bogus site impersonating a well-known brand or company if you do this.
Avoid opening emails from unknown senders when it comes to phishing. Cybercriminals can utilise the appearance of immediacy in their communications as a means of seducing their victims.
Anyone who receives an email from an unknown sender should not open the email or any attachments it contains. Emails typically include Word documents, PDFs, and other office files, but websites seldom come attached as HTML attachments, so you can nearly always be sure you’re receiving a phishing email if you see one in your inbox.
Due to the high frequency with which phishing attempts are made to get login credentials, it is essential that you use a password manager to keep your credentials safely and to automatically generate strong and complicated passwords for every one of your online accounts.
The price of the new OnePlus 10R in India is Rs 38,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option with 80W SuperVOOC charging. The pricing of the 12GB RAM + 256GB model with 80W SuperVOOC charging is Rs 42,999.
On the other hand, the 10R Endurance Edition comes with 150W SuperVOOC fast charging and costs Rs 43,999 in a single 12GB RAM + 256GB capacity.
It comes with an all-new design language that has not been seen before on any OnePlus device. The flat rear glass plate on this phone is highlighted by a unique dual pattern design which helps this phone stand out from all other smartphones in the market.
The OnePlus 10R, which is basically a rebranded OnePlus Ace, has a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and runs OxygenOS 12.1 based on Android 12. It has a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate and a touch response rate of up to 720Hz.
This OnePlus smartphone is powered by a new custom MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC and up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
OnePlus claims that the Dimensity 8100-Max SoC in the 10R improves multi-core performance by 11 percent, GPU performance by 20 percent, battery efficiency by 25 percent, and AI performance by 80 percent. The chipset is equipped with 3D PAssive Cooling Technology, which employs a 4,100mm square vapour chamber to regulate temperature.
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A HyperBoost Gaming Engine and a General Performance Adapter (GPA) Frame Stabilizer are included, both of which are said to provide smooth gaming performance.
The OnePlus 10R has a triple rear camera system for photography. The camera features a 50MP Sony IMX766 main sensor and an f/1.88 lens with optical image stabilisation.
A Sony IMX355 sensor with an ultra-wide f/2.2 lens and a 2MP macro camera are also included. For selfies and video calls, there’s a 16MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K3P9 camera with an f/2.4 lens and EIS support on the front.
The 4,500mAh battery of the OnePlus 10R 5G Endurance Edition edition supports 150W SuperVOOC rapid charging. A 5,000mAh battery is included in the model with 80W SuperVOOC rapid charging. Dual stereo speakers and noise cancellation are among the phone’s other features.
OnePlus Nord Buds
Not sure if launching TWS earbuds under the Nord brand makes sense, but, the new OnePlus Nord Buds replace the Buds Z as the brand’s most affordable TWS earbuds at Rs 3,000.
The 12.4 mm drivers of the OnePlus Nord Buds enable Dolby Atmos. To fine-tune the sound, use the companion app to choose from many Sound Master EQ settings (including a custom one).
The buds have a pretty decent battery life as well — they can play music for up to 7 hours on their own, with the carrying case adding another 30 hours of listening time. OnePlus is known for its quick charging, and this device is no exception; a 10-minute charge equals 5 hours of playing.
These use Bluetooth 5.2 and offer a Pro Gamer mode that reduces latency to 94 milliseconds. However, audio codec support is restricted, with just SBC and AAC supported.
They also offer rapid pairing when using a OnePlus phone or other Android phones, which is a benefit (using the HeyMelody app). There is no ANC, but each bud has two microphones that produce clear sound during conversations.
Black Slate and White Marble are the two colours offered for the Nord Buds. You get an IP55 rating here that allows them to be used in the gym or in the rain.
Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new all-electric offering called the EQS SUV. Yes, that’s the same name used for the brand’s flagship electric saloon, but, you’ve got the “SUV” suffix here to state the obvious. Sigh!
Anyway, the EQS SUV is higher than its saloon sibling and many of its characteristics and features will be familiar to enthusiasts of Mercedes’ current EV series.
Most visibly, the EQS SUV embodies the company’s “one-bow” aesthetic philosophy, with an aerodynamic, sloping front end and tapering greenhouse assisting it in making a great first impression.
It is undeniably futuristic in appearance, with a gloss-black grille plate including a large, centre Mercedes star. The cheerful grille is bookended by triangular headlights with three lighting components each (a Mercedes S-family hallmark), lending the EQS SUV a welcoming image upfront.
Customers may select between the Electric Art and AMG-Line body styles, with the former featuring a smooth front bumper and the latter including more aggressive elements such as corner air curtains and a front chin spoiler. The AMG influences are likely to be more popular with EQS owners, and they provide visual appeal to the rather amorphous bumper.
The cabin of the EQS SUV will seem instantly familiar to anyone who has spent time in the EQS or EQE saloons. The 450 variant includes a portrait-oriented 12.8-inch touchscreen display placed under a tilted binnacle inspired by the S-Class.
The headline-grabbing MBUX Hyperscreen, available as an option on the 450 and standard on the 580, is a single sheet of high-strength glass that conceals a 17.7-inch OLED centre display, a 12.3-inch instrument panel, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen directly in front of the passenger, allowing them to make navigation suggestions or listen to their own audio sources.
The Mercedes EQS SUV is equipped with a conventional two-row, five-seat passenger arrangement, and there is an abundance of space. The increased roofline elevates the seats, removing the slightly uncomfortable high-floor sense of the EQS saloon.
The second row electronically moves and reclines, balancing passenger and luggage capacity and comfort (or passengers and more passengers, in the case of the optional third row).
Mercedes EQS SUV power & driving range
Mercedes-Benz will offer the EQS SUV in two trim levels – EQS 450 and EQS 580 – with the former offering optional dual-motor all-wheel drive and the latter including it as standard. The EQS 450 is available with a single or twin motor and produces 355 horsepower and 568 Nm of torque, both of which are up from the saloon’s 329 bhp and 550 Nm.
The EQS 580 SUV’s larger twin motors provide a combined 536 horsepower and 858 Nm of torque, an increase of almost the same magnitude as the saloon. A 107.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery placed on the floor provides power for all trim levels.
Mercedes says the EQS 450 has a range of 600 kilometres on the WLTP standard. Although range estimates for the more powerful EQS 580 are not available, even the least efficient variant should be capable of reaching 442 kilometres without requiring a boost.
When it’s time to recharge, the EQS supports charging at 200 kW – with a DC fast charger with an average output of 110 kW, the battery may be charged from 10 to 80 percent in 31 minutes. The 10 to 100 percent charge takes 11 hours and 15 minutes when using a 240V wall box.
Mercedes EQS SUV availability
For US consumers, this is a welcome development, as they will be the first to experience the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, which will go on sale at the end of the summer.
Although pricing has not been announced, the SUV should cost a few thousand dollars more than the $103,360 EQS 450 or $126,950 EQS 580.
The India launch of this vehicle has not yet been confirmed.
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There is a new strain of malware on the internet that is attempting to take control of your Android device. Once installed, “Octo,” as it is generally known, can both view and manipulate your screen remotely, all without your knowledge.
So, let’s take a look at how Octo got started, how it works, and how you can avoid it.
What exactly is Octo malware?
Octo was discovered and reported on for the first time by ThreatFabric, which identified the strain as an evolution of the Exobot malware family.
Exobot malware has been primarily targeting financial activity since 2016 and has mutated into multiple strains over time. ThreatFabric has now detected a new strain dubbed ExobotCompact. D: However, on the dark web, the malware is referred to as “Octo.”
Numerous hackers attempt to gain access to your accounts using their personal devices by phishing for your login credentials and MFA codes.
Octo, on the other hand, enables malicious actors to remotely access your Android phone, a practice known as on-device fraud (ODF). ODF is very risky, as the activity does not originate from a remote location, but from the device on which your accounts and networks rely.
How Octo malware works
Octo hijacks Android’s MediaProjection feature in order to remotely stream your smartphone’s activity. While it is not a perfect live stream (the video goes at approximately one frame per second), it is sufficient for hackers to see what they are doing on your device.
However, before they can do anything, they will employ Octo to take over AccessibilityService.
But, you will not see any of this because Octo uses a black overlay on your screen in addition to silencing any notifications that may be received. Therefore, while your phone may appear to be turned off, hackers consider it to be open season on your Android smartphone.
From here, hackers can conduct a variety of operations on your smartphone remotely, including taps, gestures, text entry, text pasting, long-clicks, and scrolling.
Additionally, a hacker is not required to perform these tasks manually. Rather, they can just “inform” the virus what they want it to do, and the malware will take care of the rest.
As you may understand, the potential scope of fraud is much increased here, as it does not require a human to sit and go through the stages one by one.
How Octo malware affects your Android phone
It’s capable of a great deal once it is installed on your device. It can function as a keylogger, recording every action you do on your smartphone, including your lock pattern or PIN, the URLs you visit, and any screen taps.
Additionally, it is capable of scraping your contacts lists, intercepting SMS messages, and recording and controlling phone calls.
But, how can Octo obtain access to your Android phone? Well, as is the case with many malware attacks, hacked apps are a primary vector for infection.
According to ThreatFabric, the software “Fast Cleaner” had Octo as well as other malware kinds and had been downloaded over 50,000 times before Google deleted it from the Play Store. The app mostly targeted European bank customers and convinced them to install Octo by posing it as a “browser update”.
Additionally, a screen recorder dubbed “Pocket Screencaster” is impacted, as is a suite of bogus financial apps meant to deceive users of legitimate banks into downloading them.
How to save your Android phone from Octo
The key to avoiding Octo is to always exercise sound cybersecurity on your Android device. Never download an app from the Play Store until it has been thoroughly vetted.
While Google’s rejection system has improved significantly over the years, hacked apps continue to pass through on a regular basis.
Next, be particularly suspicious of apps that require you to download a separate app or to install an update via a link provided by the developer rather than the Play Store. Legitimate applications want you to utilise them, not to click on a dubious link to download another application.
Similarly, updates to your apps will come via the Play Store, not the app’s own update site. These are standard malware installation techniques, which you can avoid by just being mindful of your Android actions.
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The 2022 Honda City eHEV has gone official in India. It is the first time that the City will offer a hybrid powertrain setup in the country.
When this hybrid sedan goes on sale in early May, expect it to be pricier than the petrol-powered version. Therefore, it will likely compete against the 1.5 TSI versions of the Volkswagen Virtus and Skoda Slavia.
The new City eHEV will come with a three-year/unlimited km warranty as well as an eight-year warranty on the lithium-ion battery as standard. Customers will also be able to upgrade their warranty to a 5 year/unlimited km or a 10 year/120,000km plan.
As we previously noted, the new City Hybrid follows in the footsteps of other manufacturers and has ADAS as well as adaptive cruise control. The kit, dubbed the Honda Sensing suite, includes lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking. These safety devices will improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians.
The hybrid’s appearance is differentiated by its new blue-line Honda emblems, eHEV badging on the tailgate, new fog light garnish, new rear bumper diffuser design, and a boot lid spoiler, among other changes.
The City eHEV gets an updated 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, an eight-speaker premium sound system, ambient lighting, an electric sunroof, and an updated version of Honda Connect with Amazon Echo, Google Assistant, and smartwatch (iOS and Android) integration on the inside.
Six airbags, Honda lane-watch, a multi-angle rear-view camera, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TMPS), vehicle stability aid, hill-start assist, and ISOFIX-compatible rear seats are all standard features on the new City hybrid.
Honda City eHEV hybrid powertrain
Honda has fitted the City hybrid with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine coupled to two electric motors.
The first electric motor serves as a generator, while the second serves as a propelling motor. The midsize sedan’s engine has been tuned to work at a maximal efficiency of roughly 2,000rpm, in addition to having a battery pack in the boot.
The City hybrid, according to Honda, would have a stated fuel economy of 26.5 km/l, making it the most fuel-efficient car in its class.
The 1.5-litre engine produces 98 horsepower on its own, but, combined with electrical aid, the total system output raised to 126hp and 253Nm.
The sedan’s setup also allows it to run on electric power alone in short bursts in start/stop situations.
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The midrange Motorola Moto G52 has gone official globally.
Moto G52’s single 4GB + 128GB storage model is priced at EUR 249 (~Rs 20,600). It’s available in Charcoal Grey and Porcelain White. Pre-orders for the new Motorola phone will begin later this month in key European regions.
Motorola claims that the G52 will launch very soon in India. as well.
Moto G52 specifications
The Moto G52 is a dual-SIM smartphone that runs on Android 12.
It has a 6.6-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a resolution of FHD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels). The screen has a pixel density of 402ppi, a screen-to-body ratio of 87.70 percent, and a 20:9 aspect ratio.
The Moto G52 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC, as well as an Adreno 610 GPU and 4GB of RAM.
There is a triple back camera arrangement with a single LED flash for optics. A 50MP main sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle depth sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP macro sensor with an f/2.4 aperture are all housed in the camera unit.
Night vision, portrait mode, live photo, and quad pixel technology are among the camera modes installed on the smartphone. The Moto G52 has a 16MP front-facing camera with an f/2.45 aperture for selfies and video chats.
The Moto G52 has 128GB of internal storage that can be upgraded with a microSD card up to 1TB. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, LTEPP, SUPL, Galileo, 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C port are among the phone’s connectivity choices
An accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, SAR sensor, and distance sensor are among the sensors aboard. The phone also has a fingerprint sensor on the side.
The new G52 comes with a 5,000mAh battery and an included charger that supports 30W TurboPower charging. On a single charge, the battery is touted to provide up to 37.9 hours of playback time.
With an IP52 certification, the phone is also dust and water-resistant. Twin microphones and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos capability are included in the audio.
The flagship BMW X7 SUV has been around for a while, and now we have its first substantial facelift since it was introduced in 2017.
The 2023 BMW X7 receives a striking new front look, a slightly redesigned rear, new gizmos on the interior, and greater power and torque in this mid-cycle makeover.
The new SUV is expected to arrive in India shortly, maybe before the end of the year, and will almost certainly cost more than the current X7’s starting price of Rs 1.17 crore.
2023 BMW X7 facelift exterior
First and foremost, let’s talk about style. The most noticeable modification is the new split headlamp design, which will be seen on the upcoming 7 Series and i7 versions as well.
Redesigned taillights and reprofiled front and rear bumpers are also included in the 2023 X7. A light-up grille is also available as an option.
2023 BMW X7 facelift interior
The new 2023 X7 has the same overall layout as the previous model, but the dashboard is fashioned differently, with a new 14.9-inch infotainment screen on top, flanked by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, both driven by the new iDrive 8 operating system.
2023 BMW X7 engine & gearbox
The 3.0-litre inline-six petrol engine that powers the X7 xDrive40i produces 375bhp and 520Nm, which is 47bhp and 70Nm more than previously.
The 3.0-litre inline-six diesel engine in the xDrive40d produces 347bhp and 700Nm. The M60i is the top-of-the-line model, with a 4.4-litre V8 engine that produces 523bhp and 750Nm.
Integral Active Steering and Active Roll Stabilization are also available on the X7 M60i.
The former is simply BMW’s name for a variable-ratio steering rack, which enhances both low- and high-speed handling.
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The Tata Curvv concept – an electric midsize SUV coupe that will sit above the Nexon EV in Tata’s lineup – has just been unveiled.
In terms of design, the new Curvv concept shows Tata’s new ‘Digital’ design language, which will be applied to the rest of the company’s SUV lineup in the future.
With a full length LED light bar, a cleanly sculpted bumper, and triangular housings for the headlights, the Curvv concept offers a striking and simple design from the front.
The coupe’s sloping roofline smoothly blends into the Curvv‘s notchback-styled trunk, as well as a powerful shoulder line, squared-off wheel arches, and body cladding that enhance the SUV’s toughness, are visible in profile.
Various design aspects from the front end, including the full-width light bar tail-light, an angular bumper, and triangular air vents, have been replicated at the back.
Tata’s Generation 2 EV architecture will also be used in the Curvv concept, which is designed to support a variety of body forms and powertrain options. It will be able to accommodate a dual motor setup, allowing it to be equipped with an all-wheel drive system.
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The Gen 2 design is based on previous Tata platforms, but it has been tweaked to accommodate bigger batteries and more powerful engine options.
Tata will not provide a hybrid version of the Curvv; instead, it will be released as an electric vehicle (EV), with an ICE version to come later. In addition, the production-spec car is projected to have a verified range of 400-500 kilometres.
Tata Curvv concept’s interior has a clean and simple design across the cabin. The dashboard is sculpted, with a fabric material on top, an LED light strip running the length of the cabin, and a black, angular piece at the bottom.
The two free-standing digital screens – one for the entertainment system and one for the instrument cluster – as well as the new two-spoke steering wheel design are some of the major design elements on the dashboard.
There is a gap between the temperature control switches and the space that holds the rotary gear selector and a centre armrest in the floating centre console configuration.
Also, Tata Motors is preparing to launch new long-range variants of the Nexon EV and Tigor EV in the coming weeks, both of which will have a bigger battery.
Tata Curvv India launch date
While the production-spec SUV’s name has yet to be selected, it is expected to arrive in our market within the next two years, i.e., by 2024.
The newly-launched VW Polo Legend edition costs Rs 10.25 lakh (ex-showroom).
Launched to commemorate the hatchback’s 12-year journey in India, the special edition is based on the top-end, turbocharged GT TSI model.
There isn’t much new here. The Polo Legend edition comes with a glossy black roof foil, ‘Legend’ decals on the doors, black trunk garnish, and ‘Legend’ fender and boot emblems, which are all fitted at a dealer level. Otherwise, it’s familiar to the good old Volkswagen Polo that we are familiar with.
Interestingly, the Polo Legend edition is the current-generation Polo’s final outing in India before it is phased out.
For those unaware, the next-gen Polo has already been on sale in Europe since 2017, but its India launch plans were dropped due to the company’s focus on the MQB A0 IN platform.
Volkswagen introduced the Polo in the Indian market way back in 2010, and it has since been a popular choice among consumers looking, especially the GT TSI version, which was initially offered with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, but traded that for a newer (and cleaner) 1.0-litre turbo in 2020.
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With this update, the GT’s dual-clutch automatic transmission was also replaced with a more conventional torque-converter transmission.
Volkswagen recently confirmed that the Polo would be phased out of the Indian market in favour of made-in-India vehicles such as the Taigun SUV and the impending Virtus sedan.
The Polo hatchback will not be replaced directly in India, while the company may introduce the wholly imported new-generation Polo GTI in the country.
In India, the Polo is currently the oldest premium hatchback on sale. Its competition includes the Hyundai i20, Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz, and the recently-updated Maruti-Toyota twins – Baleno and Glanza.
The Polo Legend edition will most likely be produced in a limited run of 700 units by Volkswagen.
The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G, the latest model in the Galaxy M-series, has been launched in India.
Galaxy M33 specifications
The M33 5G is a dual-SIM phone that runs Android 12 with One UI 4.1 on top.
A 6.6-inch FHD+ Infinity-V display with a 120Hz refresh rate takes the centre stage on this device. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
The smartphone has an unidentified octa-core 5nm Exynos CPU under the hood, as well as up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
The RAM of the M33 may be practically increased by up to 16GB utilising the internal storage with Samsung’s RAM Plus function.
On the optics front, it has a quad rear camera configuration for images and movies, led by a 50MP main sensor with an f/1.8 aperture.
A 5MP ultra-wide-angle shooter with a 120-degree field-of-view and an f/2.4 aperture, a 2MP macro shooter with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP depth sensor with an f/2.2 aperture are also included in the camera island.
Different professional photography and videography modes are supported by the back main camera, including bokeh effect, single take, object eraser, and Video TNR (Temporal Noise Reduction).
The phone also has an 8MP selfie camera on the front.
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G has 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS as connectivity options. The device also has a fingerprint scanner on the side. It has a 6,000mAh battery with 25W fast charging capability.
Galaxy M33 price in India
The base 6GB + 128GB storage variant of the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G costs Rs 18,999 in India. The phone is also available in an 8GB + 128GB storage option for Rs 20,499.
Samsung, on the other hand, is providing both versions for Rs 17,999 and Rs 19,999, respectively, as introductory pricing. There is no indication of how long this pricing will run.
It will be available for purchase on Amazon and Samsung India’s online shop starting April 8 in two colour options: green and blue.
Customers who purchase the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G with ICICI Bank cards will get up to Rs 2,000 in immediate cashback. There will also be no-cost EMI options and exchange incentives available for the phone.
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