The United States Department of Homeland Security is urging people to be careful if they are running the browser add-on or computer programming language known as Java. It is installed by default on more than 850 million machines, and chances are, it is leaving your computer open to attack. The issue is so serious that, in a rare announcement, DHS is urging all users to uninstall the widespread plugin immediately. …
This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. Time to shop for my family, friends, and to be totally honest, myself! There are deals and cyber deals everywhere, just waiting for me to find them.
QR codes have been around a while, but suddenly seem to be popping up everywhere. Posters. Magazines. Yesterday I found a sticker on my banana for the new Chipmunk movie – ChipWrecked. With a QR code on it. On my banana.
While you are doing your Christmas shopping online this season, make sure you are doing it safely. Cyber-thieves don’t take vacations – they are as vigilant as ever trying to get your personal information. One of the newest ways they are attempting this is through fake iTunes cards loaded with malware – coming from a seemingly innocent email.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you know that hackers are constantly trying to find ways to get to your personal information online. One thing they would love access to is your bank account.
Anytime I get a notification from a Facebook friend I rarely interact with, I’m a little suspicious. And usually, when I go to check it out, it’s a spammy message telling me how they’ve found a fantastic opportunity to make money at home. Then my News Feed is loaded with the same message to all of our mutual friends. Sigh.
Phishing. It’s not the sport of pulling finned creatures out of water, nor it is the name of the rock band’s latest tour. Instead, it’s a way to lure computer users into providing sensitive information for the purpose of identify theft through online and email scams.
A Firewall is a security feature for your computer that checks information from the internet or a network. Depending on your firewall settings, the firewall then either allows the information to come through, or blocks it. Firewalls can help prevent your PC from malicious software
SMiShing (SMS plus phishing) is very much like phishing, but uses text messages instead of emails to try to get you to open links and give out personal and financial information.
A SMiShing message usually contains something that looks like it came from your financial institution, or an alarming message stating you’ll be charged a certain fee if you don’t act immediately.
Phishing, a form of email spam, is an illegal attempt to gain access to personal information, including account numbers, social security numbers, user names, passwords, and other sensitive information through fraudulent and deceptive means. Phishing is a very dangerous type of spam because it often appears to be legitimate email sent from reputable organizations, including banks, credit card companies, and other trusted agencies. Phishing scams frequently use scare tactics that …