Best 12 Steps for Identity Theft Prevention - Making Sense of Security

Best 12 Steps for Identity Theft Prevention

Best 12 Steps for Identity Theft Prevention Identity theft is happening much too often as technology advances. The number of bad guys out to get your private and financial data is only multiplying.  Some say it may be just a matter of time to fall victim to having private identifying information stolen.  The less people take measures to protect their personal information, the easier it is for them to become a victim.  The more lax one is, such as those who say they are not worried about, the more likely they may become a statistic.  While it is hard to totally avoid identity theft, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.  These steps need to be...

Making Sense of Security 5 Cyber Safety Tips

5 Cyber Safety Tips

With October being Cyber Awareness Month, there s much that people need to know to stay safe online. Especially on social media. It’s more than not sharing any financial information. You need to protect your private data! Here are 5 simple Cyber Safety tips to help you stay secure. Get your copy of these tips to share now. NEVER Share Your Password! Keep your passwords secure. Change passwords often. 2. Post Carefully to Social Media Remember: Internet posts stay there forever. Especially with screenshots. 3. Be Careful Browsing the Internet One careless click can expose your sensitive information. Think before you click! 4. Use Caution Downloading Avoid downloading suspicious apps or software. It may result in malware. 5. Use...

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Strong Password Tips

Online Safety Guidelines for Strong Passwords Quick tips for creating and saving your online passwords and making them strong. Make Passwords Long Use passwords longer than six characters when possible. Especially with most characters being from the Alphabet.  Don’t Use Personal Information Avoid using demographics, birthdates or names from your loved ones. Including pets.  Change Passwords Often Make sure to review your passwords and change them frequently. Such as quarterly. But no longer than every 6 months.  Password Manager Apps Password management apps can keep track. Use caution. If the PW Manager was hacked, you have to change all your PW’s and worry about ID theft.  Don’t Recycle Passwords Don’t use the same password for all of your accounts....

How to Read Someone’s Emails without a Password -Making Sense of Security

How to Read Someone’s Emails without a Password 

How Can Someone Read Your Emails If They Don’t Have Your Password? Although social media apps and instant messengers on mobile phones have gained huge popularity during recent years, many people still use email.  For instance, Internet users in the U.S. (who send at least one email per month) comprise over 246 million people so far. There are three major email providers in the world: Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft’s Outlook. Outlook counts over 400 million active users worldwide. Yahoo, acquired by Verizon, has about 225 million users. Naturally, the most popular email provider is Gmail by Google. It has about 1.5 billion active users per month worldwide as of 2019. Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links, meaning we may...

How to Locate A Lost Mobile Phone That is Turned Off - Making Sense of Security

How to Locate A Lost Mobile Phone That is Turned Off

How to Locate A Lost Mobile Phone That is Turned Off Losing a cell phone isn’t something that happens to rare people. It is actually quite a common occurrence. Since you are here, it is fair to assume that you are probably worried about it as well. However, to give you some relief, it is actually possible to locate a cell phone with ease. In fact, it is even possible to track a cell phone without GPS enabled on it. The first thing that people do when they steal a phone or find someone’s lost phone is that they turn it off and change the SIM card. Then how are you going to locate a lost cell phone? It...

How She was Stalked Through Her Phone - Making Sense of Security

How She was Stalked Through Her Phone

How to stalk someone mobile phone. Stalkerware is an app or software that someone can install on a smartphone or tablet. The app operates without the smartphone owner’s knowledge. The software can appear to look like something such as a calculator app that most people ignore. ...

How Does Ransomware Spread Globally? Through Malware.

How is Ransomware Spread in Mobile Phone Devices?

How is Ransomware Spread in Mobile Phone Devices? As an Android user, it is vital to keep in mind that ransomware doesn’t just attack your PC devices. Smartphones and tablets are becoming more and more prone to ransomware attacks. How is ransomware spread in mobile phones? Are there ways that you can protect your mobile device from ransomware spreading? What causes ransomware to spread in cell phones? Making Sense of Security will tell you everything you need to know about how ransomware can spread in your mobile phone and how to protect your mobile phone from ransomware spread. Whether it’s to protect your family or business, we have tips to help protect your mobile devices. Ransomware is a type...

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How to Secure Your WordPress Site Course

WordPress security takes place continuously within your site. Some may think they can publish on WordPress and then forget about it.  The truth is, when it comes to digital data, it is never “set it and forget it”. Implementing protections to your site is best in the beginning. Maintenance of your sites security is a continue task. When regularly maintained, it is only a task and not a chore. Securing Your WordPress Site Course Making Sense of Security‘s Securing Your WordPress Website Course provides valuable content. This step-by-step course shows your how to protect your WordPress site against vulnerabilities. The curriculum delivers critical information to any newbie and anyone looking for help to better improve their website. The importance...

Simple steps to protect yourself against identity theft

Simple steps to protect yourself against identity theft

As we enter the New Year, be sure to keep up, or adopt, these good data security habits to avoid identity theft   Are you doing enough to reduce the risk of having your identity stolen? As you start the New Year, this is a good time to reflect on what kinds of measures you should take to prevent thieves from stealing and using your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) for fraudulent activities. As more and more of our personal information is online and cybercriminals target everything from bank accounts to tax refunds, identity theft is a growing concern. With your sensitive information in their hands, crooks can make fraudulent purchases, open new accounts or apply for loans in your...

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How to Install GPS on Someone’s Mobile Phone

How to Install GPS on Someone’s Mobile Phone. Using mobile phones has brought us much convenience when it comes to contacting a person regardless of their location. Yet, from time-to-time, we may actually need to know their location and are unsure how to track them. Today, there is software that brings us that convenience of being able to keep tabs on our loved ones. This capability brings peace of mind, especially when it comes to our children and significant others. Software for mobile cell phones deliver many features. Not only can you view text messages, call logs, social media chats but you can locate the device of your person's GPS location. ...

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How To Remove Ransomware From Android Phone Easily?

How To Easily Remove Ransomware From Android Phone? For many people, ransomware is a hack attack on computer devices, not mobile phones. This is far from the truth. Not only can malware be present on Android devices but also ransomware. Thus everyone needs to know how to remove ransomware from Android phones. Android is the most popular mobile operating system. Android phones are used by a large number of people across the world. This means that hackers have a large field of prey unlike to target. Therefore, anyone with an Android phone should be aware of the risk they are at once their phones are infiltrated by ransomware. How Do You Know That You Need To Remove Ransomware From...

How to Track A Cell Phone Location Without Installing Software - Making Sense of Security

How to Track A Cell Phone Location Without Installing Software

How to Track A Cell Phone Location Without Installing Software If you have people around you for whom you care about, it is important to keep a tab on their whereabouts. Tracking someone’s cell phone location gives you the peace of mind that the person is actually safe and sound. This is why people often want to find out how to track a cell phone location without installing software on their phone. This is often the need when you want to learn about the whereabouts of your spouse, partner, or your child without their knowledge. Security is important. People often like to keep their activities private, especially when they have something to hide. Therefore, this guide on remote phone...

Phone Privacy and Security

How To Set Your Phone for Better Privacy and Security

The default factory settings on your phone are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they’re the best way to see what the creator recommends for you, and it makes it easy to get started. But sometimes, these features can have problems. They can be reducing your battery life, or share things you don’t want them to. So no matter what phone you use, you should change a few options around if you want to have the most security. And this guide will help you to find those. These settings alone will not protect you from persistent hackers or from complex phishing scams but they will be a great place to start your basic security review. Unfortunately cyber crime statistics are showing...

How to Listen to Someone’s Cell Phone Conversation without them Knowing - Making Sense of Security

How to Listen to Someone’s Cell Phone Conversation

How to Listen to Someone’s Cell Phone Conversation without Them Knowing The phone rings. Your other half answers it. You only hear one side of the conversation. They repeatedly say: “uh-huh…uh-huh…yaaa…uh-huh….ok…bye!” This ambiguous conversation leaves you overflowing with curiosity of not only what the other side of the convo was, but WHO were they talking to. Right!?!?! We want to ask our other half what that was about but we don’t want to come across as jealous or controlling now, do we? So what do you do? Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links, meaning we may earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase through our links, but this is at no additional cost to you. Please...

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FBI hacks vulnerable US computers to fix malicious malware

FBI hacks vulnerable US computers to fix malicious malware The FBI has been hacking into the computers of US companies running insecure versions of Microsoft software in order to fix them, the US Department of Justice has announced. The operation, approved by a federal court, involved the FBI hacking into “hundreds” of vulnerable computers to remove malware placed there by an earlier malicious hacking campaign, which Microsoft blamed on a Chinese hacking group known as Hafnium. Hafnium’s operation placed backdoors into “tens of thousands” of servers running Microsoft’s Exchange software, which allows businesses to manage emails, contacts and calendars for their employees. It took advantage of a weakness in the servers, now fixed, to plant the malware, which allowed...

Another Tax Season, More Scams

Another Tax Season, More Scams

It’s the start of tax season. This is the time of year when we collect our receipts and tax forms and hope for a nice big refund from the U.S. government. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are also looking for a nice big score as well. This year is going to be worse than ever, as many people have been struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic and are really looking forward to that refund. According to an article by Bleeping Computer, taxpayers are being targeted with phishing attacks with RAT malware that is more aggressive than ever before. And with the new extended deadline, this only means these cybercriminals will use every social engineering technique in the book. As unemployment has skyrocketed...

Free Phishing-Protection Solution Amid The COVID-19 Outbreak

Free Phishing-Protection Solution Amid The COVID-19 Outbreak

OhPhish Helps Remote Workers and Businesses Fight Phishing Attacks – From the Editors at Cybercrime Magazine ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 23, 2020 /ECCouncil.org/ As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic progresses across the world, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the situation resulting in a spike of phishing scams on remote workforce and corporate systems. While working from home helps the cause of social distancing, it introduces additional risks to the organization. With less protection on home networks, employees are vulnerable to phishing attacks more than ever before. It is imperative that these employees remain vigilant and capable of protecting themselves from such attacks. Cybercrime damage costs could potentially double due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. “Businesses have...

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How to Stay Connected and Protected in a Remote Work Environment

How to Stay Connected and Protected in a Remote Work Environment   Advancements in cloud solutions and collaboration tools in recent years, coupled with the necessity of going remote due to the pandemic, have empowered today’s workforce to choose where they want to work. While the ability to work from anywhere—home, the library, coffee shops or even the beach– gives employees increased flexibility, the shift from the traditional office setting has exposed security and logistical concerns. Remote workers often access sensitive information from unsecured devices and networks, which can result in compromised data and failed privacy compliance. Canada’s federal government introduced a bill in November 2020 that proposed stringent privacy protection laws after realizing the security threats of a distributed...

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5 Great Tips To Learn How To Protect From Ransomware

5 Great Tips To Learn How To Protect From Ransomware Every business owner and worker needs to learn how to protect from ransomware attacks. Ransomware is malicious software used by hackers to access and encrypt computers and computer networks. As the owner of the device or computer network, the encryption locks you out until you pay the demanded ransom. Only after you have paid are you allowed access to your device or network. Ransomware gets into your device or network in many different ways. However, social engineering is the most common. This means that the hackers study their targets and send them ransomware as genuine links or information. In businesses, which are the most common targets of ransomware attacks, hackers...

New Release: 2021 Remote Workforce Security Report

Holger Schultze wrote: The need to secure the remote workforce has never been more critical. A year into the pandemic, organizations are still grappling with how to protect their assets. The Remote Workforce Security Report reveals the status of organizations’ efforts to secure the new workforce, key challenges, and unique security threats faced by organizations, technology gaps and preferences, investment priorities, and more. Key findings include: Almost three-quarters of organizations are concerned about the security risks introduced by users working from home; despite these challenges, 86% are likely to continue supporting remote work in the future. Key security challenges cited include user awareness and training (57%),home/public WiFi network security (52%), and sensitive data leaving the perimeter (46%). The applications...

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A Can of Phish Bait: from Surveys to Rule Changes to Your Boss’s Boss

Employees need to continue being wary of phishing scams as they begin to return to the office, according to Roger Kay at INKY. Kay describes several phishing templates that INKY has intercepted in recent months, including one that informed recipients that they needed to fill out a compliance form related to COVID-19 risks. “Reasonably well written, this email, apparently from the human resources department at the target company, actually came from phishers located in the United Kingdom,” Kay writes. “There are elements that might strike the recipient as strange. For example, the phrase ‘recuperating favorably’ is a bit off. Noncompliance is spelled ‘non-compliance.’ And ‘these guide and policies’ has an agreement-of-number problem. But otherwise, it’s a pretty good fake,...

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Why Should You Be Using DMARC? 3 Billion Spoofed Emails are Being Sent Everyday

In a recent report from TechRadar, email is still the most popular form of malware distribution. Billions of emails that are spoofed are being sent everyday. Even though email is still the oldest form of online communication, it is still the go-to platform for cybercriminals to attempt to infiltrate. According to the report by Vailmail, “80% of all email inbox providers do DMARC check on inbound emails”. And with the pandemic, COVID-19 has been the key target for recent malicious email activity. Especially since your organization is still working remote. Since the increase enforcing of Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), a report from Vailmail found that there is still an influx of spoofed email messages. Despite this...

Phishing Scammers Send a Fake “Private Shared Document” as the Initial Attack Vector for Stealing LinkedIn Credentials

Phishing Scammers Send a Fake “Private Shared Document” as the Initial Attack Vector for Stealing LinkedIn Credentials

A new social engineering scam demonstrates how cybercriminals are both evolving their tactics while still using tried and true methods that just work to attain their goals. I’ve covered scams impersonating Office 365 I don’t know how many times. But it’s not very often you hear about a scam that uses LinkedIn as both its distribution medium and its’ credential target. Last month, victim LinkedIn users received a message from one of their connections (which proved to have been compromised) that contained a link to a third-party website containing a “LinkedInSecureMessage” (which there is no such thing). Victims are taken to a page displaying the following very official-looking page: After pressing the “view document” button, they are presented with...

Phishing Emails Are After Credentials

Most Phishing Emails Are After Credentials

Most Phishing Emails Are After Credentials 57% of phishing emails in 2020 were designed for stealing credentials, according to Cofense’s most recent Annual State of Phishing Report. Meanwhile, just 12% of phishing attacks last year were used for delivering malware. Cofense believes this is because credential phishing emails are better at bypassing email security filters than emails with malicious attachments or download links. Likewise, conversational phishing attacks, like business email compromise (BEC), have grown more popular. “The vast majority of phishing campaigns are credential theft or conversational,” Cofense says. “While malicious attachments still play a role in phishing, the frequency of this has dramatically declined over the years. In fact, most phish attachments these days are not even malware, but...

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Let’s Commit To Protect Our Privacy This Year

  Let’s Commit To Protect Our Privacy This Year How our new identity & privacy app can help By this point in the year you may have already broken some of your New Year’s resolutions, but here’s one to commit to keep: better protecting your online privacy. After all, we are likely to continue to spend more time online in 2021, whether it be for working, learning, or shopping. This makes taking some preventative steps to shield our identity information more important than ever. That’s why McAfee has been working on a new identity and privacy app for safeguarding your personal information, and we’d love for you to try it if you’re in the U.S. Here’s a little bit about our approach. We looked at some of the...

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How to Spot, and Prevent, the Tax Scams That Target Seniors

How to Spot, and Prevent, the Tax Scams That Target Seniors Elderly scams cost seniors in the U.S. some $3 billion annually. And tax season adds a healthy sum to that appalling figure. What makes seniors such a prime target for tax scams? The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) states several factors. For one, seniors are typically trusting and polite. Additionally, many own their own home, have some manner of savings, and enjoy the benefits of good credit—all of which make for an ideal victim profile. Also according to the FBI, elders may be less able or willing to report being scammed because they may not know the exact way in which they were scammed, or they may feel...

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