Email 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.
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.
Malware 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.
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.
The humble period is the smallest character on a computer screen. But it appears it could also be a major security risk.
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.
Wine 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.
The 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.
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.