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Phishing: Mobile Devices Targeted

SmartphoneAccording to a recent Help Net Security.org article, cybercriminals are using phishing Internet websites to trick mobile device users to enter their banking credentials for them to steal. Mobile devices include smartphones, tablets, PDAs, or any small, handheld computing device that can access the Internet, even notebook computers can be considered mobile. Continue reading

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Your Internet Use: Safe or Risky?

2 DiceWhen asked “how much Internet security do I need for my computer?” I usually respond with “that depends what you use it for and how safely or risky you use it.”

For example, if one uses a computer and the Internet for only creating documents and using email; that use would be categorized as one of less risk. On the other hand, if one uses the computer to indiscriminately surf the Internet, or Continue reading

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Types Of Malware Commonly Found Online

Security Key purpleThis is a guest article by Ken Myers. He describes some of the types of malware an Internet computer user might  come across. I hope you like it.

Virus. At one point, this word meant that you had some kind of sickness and was going to be laid up in bed or the hospital for a few days. Now when someone hears this word, they think of an infection of the technological kind. Throughout the years, these infections morphed into a variety of strains and purposes Continue reading

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Target: Social Networking Sites

Plastic Social Media ButtonSocial Networks is the first in a series of “Target” articles, discussing the various areas the cybercrime organizations are attacking. Unfortunately for computer users, our Internet environment is, as the military would say, “a target rich environment”. By social networking sites we refer to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, global cybercrime is organized and the organizations resemble a hybrid of a mafia and a large corporation. Continue reading

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Ten Tips To Securely Using Mobile Devices

SmartphoneA recent Help Net Security.com article publishes the following 10 helpful tips for using your mobile devices more securely. In a previous article on this blog, Cell Phones And Phishing Attacks: Do You Use Your Phone Safely? we reminded that smart phones and other mobile devices are powerful computers and capable of being hacked while connected to the Internet. “Today’s cell phones are computers and should be used with the same caution and wariness as any conventional computer.Continue reading

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Phishing: An Update

Security Internet @ lockA phishing attacks, as you may know, “use social engineering techniques mixed with technical tricks to fool the [ Internet computer ] user and steal sensitive information and banking account credentials. Social engineering schemes are typically based on spoofed emails to lead users to visit infected websites designed to appear as legitimate ones. The websites are designed to lead customers to divulge financial data, such as account usernames, credit card numbers, passwords, and social security numbers.” There are different types, or variations, of phishing. Continue reading

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Identity Theft:10,000 Fraud Rings Found In US

Money Enter Key LockIdentity fraud is a group of crimes, of which one of the crimes in this category is identity theft. Identity theft is defined as: The fraudulent acquisition and use of a person’s private identifying information, usually for financial gain. See Identity Theft and Internet Security for more information on identity theft.

Organized crime groups in Russia, Romania, South Korea, Brazil, China and other countries Continue reading

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