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MacWorld: Zoom Mac app flaw sparks serious security concerns

Posted on July 9th, 2019

Do not adjust your screen. The logo above is displayed upside down as a comment on Zoom. Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ ZM) is a provider of video conferencing and IP phone services. Zoom Meeting Client apps have found their way onto Macs and ...

NYTIMES: You Don’t Want the Malware Prize

Posted on April 23rd, 2018

Devious code is sending people to fraudulent quiz and contest pages, so ignore that "lucky winner" notice and run a security scan. Pop-ups claiming to offer prizes to Amazon customers are part of a surge in malicious advertising. Credit The New Y...

NYTIMES: What to Do if Your Email Is Hacked

Posted on April 11th, 2018

If a scammer has swiped your password and is using your account to spew spam, take action and add measures to help stop it from happening again. By J. D. Biersdorfer April 11, 2018 Q. Could you please review best practices if one’s email is hacked...

FTC: How to Spot a Tech Support Scam

Posted on January 30th, 2018


QTIP: Digital Street Smarts

Posted on January 16th, 2018

Experience knows that when the air bags deploy it’s already too late. You're street smart. While driving 70 mph on a crowded highway you notice a sticky pattern forming in traffic ahead. With barely a thought you drop back a few car lengths. Car...

iMORE: What MacKeeper is and why you should remove it from your Mac

Posted on January 14th, 2018

By Mike Matthews, iMore 14 Jan 2018 It happened again last week. A friend was telling me she had convinced her mother to get a Mac laptop. "But what is this MacSweeper?" she said, with a hint of puzzlement in her voice. She meant, of course, MacK...

QTIP: Don't Click It!

Posted on January 10th, 2018

Warning!! Don't click the big green button. The button will download dangerous malware in the guise of a must-have media player app. oops. You clicked it. It was irresistible, wasn’t it? After the secret thrill of downloading the app, the excit...

Lifehacker: The Complete Guide to Avoiding Online Scams (for Your Less Savvy Friends and Relatives)

Posted on November 8th, 2017

Our readers are a savvy bunch who aren't likely to be taken in by an online scam—but we've all got those friends and relatives we worry about. Here's our definitive guide to helping them stay safe online. Photo from Futurama. When training your lo...

Lifehacker: How Spammers Spoof Your Email Address (and How to Protect Yourself)

Posted on November 8th, 2017

Most of us know spam when we see it, but seeing a strange email from a friend—or worse, from ourselves—in our inbox is pretty disconcerting. If you've seen an email that looks like it's from a friend, it doesn't mean they've been hacked. Spammers ...

KREBS: Equifax or Equiphish?

Posted on September 25th, 2017

More than a week after it said most people would be eligible to enroll in a free year of its TrustedID identity theft monitoring service, big three consumer credit bureau Equifax has begun sending out email notifications to people who were able to...

WSJ: Equifax FAQs Answers to Potential Hack Victims’ Most Common Questions

Posted on September 23rd, 2017

September 23, 2017By Daisy Maxey, The Wall Street JournalTwo weeks after Equifax disclosed a breach that possibly exposed the personal data of 143 million Americans, potential victims still have many questions.Two weeks after Equifax Inc. disclose...

HP Fraud Alert: Protect Yourself from Scams

Posted on July 12th, 2017

The alert below appears on HP’s various support and web store sites. Similar alerts also appear on websites of Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and others. HP’s alert can apply to calls from any strangers claiming to be security or technical ...

Apple: Identify and report phishing emails and other suspicious messages

Posted on April 19th, 2017

From Apple Support posted April 19, 2017 Use these tips to avoid phishing scams and learn what to do if you think your Apple ID has been compromised. Scammers use phishing and other types of social engineering to try to trick you into sharing pe...

Microsoft: Tech support scams persist with increasingly crafty techniques

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

Microsoft Malware Protection Center Blog posted April 3, 2017 Millions of users continue to encounter technical support scams. Data from Windows Defender SmartScreen (which is used by both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer to b...

Trend Micro: 2014 Report on Fake Apps Feigning Legitimacy

Posted on October 1st, 2014

This current report by legitimate security software maker Trend Micro contains detailed descriptions of a wide variety of fake software, how it works, and risks it poses for consumers and business. Download PDF

QTIP: Safe Surfing Tips for PC users

Posted on March 14th, 2014

Safe Surfing Tips for PC usersSmart surfing can avoid most online threats.Count to 3 before clicking a link. If it looks fishy, it probably is fishy.Allow genuine Windows Updates to install.Allow Microsoft Security Essentials definitions updates t...

QTIP: Watch Out for MacPaw and CleanMyDrive

Posted on February 8th, 2014

After installing CleanMyDrive (What was I thinking?) from the Mac App Store the app did nothing but launch its sneaky download page for CleanMyMac2. I was aware that CleanMyMac2 is bad news. I never thought Apple would offer anything linked to i...

QTIP: Be Careful Downloading Updates

Posted on May 8th, 2013

Have you ever wondered how you got that MyWebSearch assistant and other useless, annoying tool bars in your browser? Maybe you wonder why your browser is hijacked to a poor Google look-alike site instead of the real thing? Or your legitimate a...

Printer ink cartridges: why you're paying more but getting a lot less

Posted on February 23rd, 2013

First published by The Guardian on Saturday 23 February 2013 01.59 EST By David RobinsonIt's a busy morning at Cartridge World in Aylesbury, part of a chain of almost 200 outlets across the UK that sell branded and refilled printer cartridges. It'...

QTIP: Beware of MacKeeper

Posted on February 14th, 2013

For more info about Mac scamware like MacKeeper visit this discussion thread on Apple Support Communities: https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3036 ©Quentin Leo

CNET: 'Apple Security Center' malware targeting OS X users | MacFixIt - CNET Reviews

Posted on May 17th, 2011

MAY 13, 2011 10:53 AM PDTIf you ever see a message or window in Safari or your e-mail client about your system's security being compromised, ignore it! Malware developers and scammers are increasingly focusing on OS X and working to trick Mac user...

ZDNET: Millions of users open spam emails, click on links

Posted on April 13th, 2010

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Facebook phishing campaign serving ZeuS crimeware | Zero Day | ZDNet.com

Posted on April 5th, 2010

In need of a good reason not to click on links found in spam or phishing emails?A currently ongoing Facebook phishing campaign is not only attempting to phish fresh Facebook accounting data, but is also serving client-side exploits through a copyc...