Filed under Phishing, Scams

WHY SO MANY SECURITY BREACHES?

    Disclaimer: I am currently not in the IT Security field, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I have worked in IT since 1990. I am very good at securing individual endpoint devices. I started using computers, the Internet, and email back in 1988. I have never been hacked, never had … Continue reading

RFID THEFT – WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET?

I am studying for a computer security certification test that I will take in August. Last night I was reading a chapter in my security book about Near Field Communication (NFC) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).  My wife asked me had I heard about what happened to a lady at a local gas station. I … Continue reading

Safe Shopping Online

  Yes, Cyber Monday has come and gone, but the crooks are still prowling the Internet. It appears that more people than ever will be doing some of their holiday shopping online this year. You can be sure the crooks know this and will be trying to scam you, get your personally identifiable information (PII) … Continue reading

HELP!! MY COMPUTER IS BEING HELD HOSTAGE

Recently a close family member (let’s call him Steve) did not have use of his computer for several days. The computer was locked up, being held for ransom. The computer was infected with FBI ransom virus. WHAT IS THIS VIRUS? The FBI virus is the latest version of ransomware viruses. Ransomware are viruses that infect … Continue reading

MILLION DOLLAR PHISHING SCAM

A 31-year-old man from Atlanta, Georgia, admitted recently that he and his gang stole more than $1.3 million by phishing confidential account information from e-commerce sites, according to New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. Waya Nwaki, aka “Shawn Conley,” pled guilty in Newark federal court to one count each of wire fraud conspiracy, wire … Continue reading

DO YOU TRUST AMAZON, TOO MUCH?

  I know many people use and trust Amazon WITHOUT QUESTION. There is a new scam that is relying on that trust (and Amazon’s good name) and trying to use it against you. Beware online shoppers! The latest email phishing scam looks just like an order cancellation notice from Amazon.com. As always, be sure to … Continue reading

OSAMA BIN LADEN – IT’S ALL FAKE!

At this time, there are no real photos or videos of a dead Osama Bin Laden. These are Internet scammers trying to infect your computer with a virus or spyware. Please do NOT: Download anything Click on any picture file Click on any video file Click on any link that purports to show a dead … Continue reading