Hi Guys,

I hope you are well.

The Oscars are around the corner, and movie fans are eager to catch up on the year’s best films. However, you must be careful where you source your movies, as cybercriminals have been targeting online piracy. In fact, the more popular and critically acclaimed a pirated film is, the more likely it is to have a higher number of infected files.

According to ReasonLabs, a research team that collected data on film piracy from January 2022 to last month, highly nominated films, such as Everything Everywhere All at Once, Top Gun: Maverick, and Avatar: The Way of Water, have been used to lure movie watchers this past year. The boobytraps range from spyware to Trojans to malware.

If you want to watch these movies, be careful where you download them. ReasonLabs found the most common threats in this year’s pirated Oscar contenders to be spyware personal documents stealer, password stealer extension, the Bat Worm, keylogger, and search hijacker extension.

Here are some simple tips to stay protected while watching movies online:

  • Use legal streaming services to access your favourite films.
  • Only download movies from trusted websites and sources.
  • Ensure you keep Incognito updated and use a good Antivirus tool.
  • Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your internet connection and protect your online identity.
  • Be wary of suspicious links and emails from unknown sources.
  • Keep your operating system and software up to date with the latest security patches.

Don’t take any risks with your online security. Remember, what may be secure today may not be secure tomorrow. Following these simple tips, you can enjoy your favourite movies while staying safe and secure online.

If you have questions or concerns about online privacy and security, contact the Incognito Privacy Care Team for advice and support through the Incognito app. Our team is dedicated to helping you stay safe and secure in an increasingly digital world.

All the very Best,
Max Roberts,
Incognito Privacy Care Team