MADRID, 1 Jul. (Portaltic/EP) –
The Covid Certificate this operational from this Thursday in order to facilitate and promote safe mobility between the countries of the European Union, But the threat of cyberattacks such as ‘phishing’ can make European citizens fall victim to scams and counterfeits.
The Covid Certificate, also called the Covid passport, a document agreed by the 27 member countries of the European Union. Even if it’s not mandatoryThis measure seeks to promote intra-community circulation and discard the forms of each country to centralize information and management.
Citizens can obtain it in digital format, although it can also be requested on paper, and it contains a QR code with the tourist’s health information which, in addition, protects it against forgeries, as explained by experts from Entelgy Innotec Security, Entelgy’s cybersecurity division.
Each health authority that issues it has its own digital code, which will be verified by scanning the QR code, since the information from the issuing center is stored in a secure database in each country. In addition, the European Commission has created a portal where the signatures of all EU certificates can be verified, without using any personal data of the passport holder.
THE ‘PHISHING’, MAIN THREAT
Phishing consists of the impersonation of the identity of an official body to get hold of the user’s personal and banking data. Many cybercriminals will be able to take advantage of the arrival of this passport to use it as a hook to obtain this private information.
For this reason, from Entelgy Innotec they advise citizens not to trust emails or text messages of unknown origin or in which we are urged to register to obtain it, given its voluntary nature.
Nor should they click on the links that are normally sent in these emails, as they can lead to a fraudulent website And of course, never provide personal or bank details, such as account and credit card numbers.
IT DOES NOT HAVE COST
Due to the coronavirus, applications disguised as an official tool have proliferated in which, in reality, distributes a ‘ransomware’ that hijacks personal data to request a subsequent payment to recover them, as happened with the spread of the CryCyptor virus, camouflaged in an ‘app’ called COVID Alert.
For this reason, from the outset the European Commission has reported that the COVID passport is totally free and universal for all Europeans. At the moment, it will be valid until July 1, 2022.
IS ISSUED BY OFFICIAL BODIES
The Autonomous Communities are in charge of issuing this certificate in Spain. Therefore, users must request it through the website or official application belonging to the health department of each region.
For example, Castilla y León began its tests on June 7 and can only be obtained through the health portal or the SACYL CONECTA ‘app’. If the user opts for this last option, it is important always download the ‘apps’ from the official app store (Apple Store or Google Play) and keep it updated with the latest version.
It is also important be careful with download links to other domains that arrive through mail or messaging applications.