Category: Scams

Is your SIM card hacking your phone?

July 21, 2013

Is your SIM card hacking your phone?It’s not just the U.S. government’s National Security Agency you have to worry about eavesdropping on your phone calls.

Warning: Yet another email scam is making the rounds

March 25, 2012

Warning: Yet another email scam is making the roundsEmail scams are certainly nothing new and plenty has been written about how to avoid them.  Still, reminding people that the supposed security email in their inbox is really only a more sophisticated scam, bears repeating.  There are of course, security scam emails like the one copied at the bottom as well as a more sophisticated “Nigerian” type scam that not only hijacks your address book but also signs your name to the email.

Computer password hall of shame

December 5, 2011

The big black hole of personal computer security can usually be found right between the user’s ears. From phishing (miracle weight loss, cheap Viagra, anyone?) to the subject of this wake up call, passwords, it’s people like you and me making bad, bad and easily avoidable choices.

Rating the Black Friday/Cyber Monday scams

November 29, 2011

Rating the Black Friday/Cyber Monday scamsMalware distributors who try to trick people using topical subjects are, of course, the scum of the earth. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t acknowledge that some of them are more skilful than others.

FAA: Turn off all electronic devices, or not

November 28, 2011

If you fly, then you know that everyone is required to turn off all electronic devices before take off or else. However, repeated tests over the course of decades haven’t found any evidence that using a cellphone, tablet, PDA or reader during take off, or landing, causes any problems.

Missing period could be bad news

September 12, 2011

Missing period could be bad newsThe humble period is the smallest character on a computer screen. But it appears it could also be a major security risk.

How to watch the companies watching you

July 26, 2011

Whether you take precautions or not, your activity on the internet is being tracked — call it a fact of life. That said, if you’re curious about who’s doing the tracking and what they’re after, there’s a Firefox plugin that can help you find out.

House votes against freedom of choice

July 12, 2011

The House, today, has voted to keep the 2007 Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act which will set restrictions on the efficiency of light bulbs starting January 1, 2012, requiring that they be 25-30 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs.

New caps and smartphones frustrate wine fraud

July 10, 2011

New caps and smartphones frustrate wine fraudWine connoisseurs aren’t happy when they open their favorite wine only find it’s a nasty counterfeit.  In order to assure customers that they are actually buying the wine they think they are, Canadian vintners have discovered a new technology that allows customers to check the validity of the wine before they buy.  A special cap and a smartphone app confirm the bottles authenticity.

Washington Jobless to spend more time tweaking spam filters

July 8, 2011

Washington Jobless to spend more time tweaking spam filtersThe Washington Post has revealed that around 1.3 million users of its jobseeker site have had their e-mail addresses exposed to hackers. The newspaper said no more sensitive details were lost.

FBI busts the united nations of scareware

June 23, 2011

FBI busts the united nations of scarewareThe FBI says it has seized nearly 50 computers in eight countries as part of an attack on two operations to sell bogus security software. But in a depressing acknowledgement of reality, it isn’t claiming to have done anything more than “disrupt” such activity.

Microsoft warns of old-school computer scams

June 17, 2011

Microsoft warns of old-school computer scamsThanks to ongoing education and media coverage, the message is starting to get through to a lot of people about the need for caution and smart security practice online. Unfortunately, it seems, make a phone call and all bets are off.

Facebook scam gets more sophisticated

June 2, 2011

Facebook scam gets more sophisticatedWhat Facebook malware scammers do is illegal, despicable and indefensible. But boy, some of them sure do it well.

Facebook, Google and privacy

May 12, 2011

Google and Facebook, the two companies that have the most to gain by getting us to give them our data so that they can make money from it, have noticed that they are heading the same direction, which may start a war.

Facebook: selling your privacy one fact at a time

May 4, 2011

There was a recent accusation by Julian Assange, of Wikileaks fame, that Facebook is a spy organization extraordinaire.The Truth is not nearly that exciting. Facebook is just a privacy panderer.

Email list breach could mean even more phishing

April 4, 2011

Email list breach could mean even more phishingAn email marketing firm has suffered a data breach involving the names and e-mail addresses of customers for some major firms. The breach isn’t necessarily a major security risk in itself but could mean more successful phishing attempts.

Hacker jailed over Zynga Poker scam

March 21, 2011

Millions of us play online games these days, which means there’s real money to be made from them. On occasion that’s true even for those not associated with the companies running these sites.

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