Scam and Phishing Tactics Vary; Which Ones Are You Likely to Fall for? Part 3

This is the third and final segment of the article Scam and Phishing Tactics Vary; Which Ones Are You Likely to Fall for? For the first segment, click here, for the second segment click here.Feb 9th - I know those   big money scams from nigeria....

Criminals who scam and phish consumers have upped their game, and that means consumers have to increase our savvy of online scams or we risk falling for them.

In the first segment of this article we covered the “Green Eggs and Ham” style scams, the alarmist scams, and topic tricks and traps. In the second segment we covered the misplaced trust, and the trust by association, scams. Read on to further shore up your defenses. Continue reading

Scam and Phishing Tactics Vary; Which Ones Are You Likely to Fall for? Part 2

This is the second segment of the article Scam and Phishing Tactics Vary; Which Ones Are You Likely to Fall for? For the first segment, click here.Feb 9th - I know those   big money scams from nigeria....

Criminals who scam and phish consumers have upped their game, and that means consumers have to increase our savvy of online scams or we risk falling for them.

In the first segment of this article we covered the “Green Eggs and Ham” style scams, the alarmist scams, and topic tricks and traps; read on to further shore up your defenses. Continue reading

Scam and Phishing Tactics Vary; Which Ones Are You Likely to Fall for? Part 1

Criminals who scam and phish consumers have upped their game, and that means consumers have to increase our savvy of online scams or we risk falling for them.Feb 9th - I know those   big money scams from nigeria....

It’s no longer enough to look for weird email messages about inheritances from people you never heard of, notifications that you won a lottery you never entered, pharmaceuticals promising to enlarge or reduce body parts, or invitations from ‘hot’ people who are just dying to meet you. Sure, some of those old scams still make the rounds, but very few people still fall for them.  Continue reading

It’s Data Privacy Day – Take 3 Steps to Protect Yourself

SecurityNetData Privacy Day, like national pie day, probably slips right past you each year, but while skipping that pie slice may help your fitness, failing to protect yourself, your devices and your data is definitely not the right health move.  Instead, let today be a reminder – or if you’re behind in making New Year’s Resolutions, let this be the impetus to make changes – your personal information matters. Your personal privacy matters. And, your personal security matters.

Just 3 Steps: Continue reading

The Face of Online Harassment – It’s not Only Kids Getting Bullied

Men are called names; women are stalked and sexually harassed. Bullying doesn’t end when bullies grow up; we just change the name of their behavior to harassment.frenemy

According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, 73% of online adults have seen another adult harassed online and 40% have personally experienced it.

Of those that reported observing the harassment of others online, name calling (60%), deliberate embarrassment (53%), physical threats (25%), sexual harassment (19%), stalking (18%) and sustained harassment (24%) were the most frequent.

The numbers, like the behaviors, are appalling. But they give a clear window into the abusive patterns in our society as the online harassment closely mirrors similar off-line behaviors.  Continue reading

Why Online Harassment Data Should Inform Our Actions Against Cyberbullying

I just wrote an article titled The Face of Online Harassment – It’s not Only Kids Gettingcyberbullycomic Bullied discussing recent survey results by the Pew Research Center that every single adult should not only read, they should discuss with their friends and families.

What that report uncovers is that the rampant cyberbullying reported among children closely mirrors the same behaviors among adults – though we choose to call the adult version ‘cyberharassment’.

The report’s findings left me with several questions I’d like to pose to you as I don’t pretend to have all the answers. Continue reading

Cybersiege – Online Attacks Against Companies Increased by 48% This Year

Cybercriminals have dramatically stepped up their attacks on companies – and on the ProtectTheCASTLEconsumer data they hold – to the point we’re under a full-blown global siege.

By the end of this year, roughly 42.8 million cyberattacks will have been perpetrated against companies worldwide.

That’s roughly 117,339 attacks a day, and a 48% increase over last year according to a newly released study by the experts at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Furthermore, 94% of companies say they experienced some sort of cyberattack this year, with nearly 25% of companies saying they experienced more than 50 attacks.

We have no way of knowing the security measures used by the companies we interact with, we can’t affect which companies hackers choose to target, and we have no influence on the corporate espionage conducted by nation-states involved in cyber warfare. Continue reading

You CAN Significantly Minimize the Threat and Impact of Online Attacks Against You

Cybercriminals have dramatically stepped up their attacks on companies and consumersCyberAttackComic this year, to the point we’re now under a full-blown global siege. Learn more about the current threat landscape in the blog Cybersiege – Online Attacks Against Companies Increased by 48% This Year. In response, we can choose to do nothing and risk being flagrantly exploited by every crook and predatory company on the internet, or we can choose to take a few proactive measures that can significantly minimize the threat and impact these online attacks could have on ourselves and our families.  I sincerely hope you choose to protect yourselves. Here are some basic steps to do help you protect yourself, your devices, and your financial health: Continue reading

Phone Phishing and other Mobile Scams, Watch out for the One-Two Punch!

The IRS won’t call you. The Center for Disease Control won’t call you. The Social Securityphonescamcomic Department won’t call you. Neither will your bank, your insurance company, and so on. So, if you receive a call from someone purporting to be with the government, a company (that you haven’t been actively working with via the phone), or some other officious sounding entity, hang up, it’s a scam.

If you get a call from someone saying “your computer is infected” and the scammer claims to be online to help you install ‘security software’ or ‘clean your computer’, or perhaps even convince you to give them remote access to your device so they can ‘fix’ your computer, hang up, it’s a scam.

If you’re worried that the call might be legitimate, hang up. Then, look up the number for that agency or company, and call them. (Don’t call a number that they provided to you!) Continue reading