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...

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Top 10 + Dating Scam Signs

Top 10 + Signs of Dating Scammers Many people everyday going looking for love in the most convenient way – online dating apps. Just like the users on such dating services, there are so many dating sites to choose from. These love connection makers offer specialization to find love within various age groups, interests, religion, family, pets and even food preferences. There is a large sea of fish out there on the romance apps. And there is even a larger amount of fake imposters pretending to be looking for love. They are scammers. And many may have encountered one. Whether you know it or not. You may also know someone who you believe is being or has been baited...

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5 ways businesses can avoid phishing scams online

The concept of phishing is gaining immense popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic. People, by and large, are becoming victims of such fraudulent activities. Therefore, we have come up with 5 ways businesses can avoid getting trapped with emails that are meant to deteriorate their online identity. Based on recent Phishing records, almost 90 percent of companies have encountered spear phishing attacks...

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5 Signs You’re Being Catfished on Tinder

  5 Signs You’re Being Catfished on Tinder –  What You Need to Know and What You Can Do About it Thanks to advancing technology, the use of dating apps has made it possible to meet the love of your life. In fact, it’s more common than you think, with 1 in 5 relationships now beginning with an online encounter.  Unfortunately, the Internet has also made it possible to meet someone who can also ruin your life. As if we don’t have enough to worry about with stalking, catfishing has been happening more often than some may like to admit.  Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links, meaning we may earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase...

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Website or hacker trap? Here’s how to tell

How to know if the website is a hack According to defectors, North Korea’s cyber army has about 7,000 hackers. Their job is to wreak havoc on the country’s enemies. Recently, North Korean hackers targeted cybersecurity researchers in the U.S. North Korean hackers set up a fake cybersecurity company called SecuriElite. They also created fake social media accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. Their goal was to trick cybersecurity experts into visiting the fake company website. The website was booby-trapped with malware that exploited the victim’s browser. The website claims the company is an offensive security company located in Turkey. The hackers created a blog and profiles on websites to build trust with their targets. Their goal was to attack...

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Beware Of GetYourStimulusCheck.com And Other Coronavirus-Themed Domains

The likely victims, and what they can lose. With people losing jobs and businesses closing shop due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government has decided earlier this year to release financial aid. This assistance comes in the form of a US$2-trillion monetary stimulus package with the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. To date, some 88 million eligible Americans have received stimulus checks amounting to US$1,200 per individual. And as the government hints on giving out another round of stimulus checks, there are debates on how these could reach citizens faster. Some suggested using digital dollars for additional financial aid. The approach, it’s said, would be faster or maybe even instantaneous compared to...

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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,...

How Does Ransomware Spread Globally? Through Malware.

How Does Ransomware Spread Globally? Through Malware.

Ransomware is a type of malware that involves encrypting a company’s or individual’s useful data or blocking users from accessing their computer systems in exchange for a given amount of money. Cybercriminals are always on the look-out for creatives means for getting a hold of your data so that they can have them at ransom. Every day you hear of someone’s account being hacked. But, how does ransomware spread? You ask yourself. It is a common question that most people ask and wonder, especially when the attack strikes. This article delves into seven common ways through which Ransomware has and still manages to spread globally. They include the following. Email Attachments Email is a common avenue for ransomware transmission....

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...

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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...

UK Police Arrest SIM-Swapping Gang Responsible for the Theft of Over $100 Million in Cryptocurrency

UK Police Arrest SIM-Swapping Gang Responsible for the Theft of Over $100 Million in Cryptocurrency This month the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested eight suspects who targeted famous sports stars and musicians in the US and stole from victim’s bank accounts and crypto wallets. We hadn’t heard much from the SIM-swapping side of cybercrime in quite a while. This method of tricking a carrier and anyone using a phone number as a form of authentication is accomplished by swapping out the legitimate SIM of the victim with one controlled by the criminal to take over the mobile number of their target. Once in control of the mobile phone number, it becomes far easier to reset passwords, gain access...

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