Tag Archive: Phishing

globe2Although October ended as the Cybersecurity Awareness Month, November is a great time to introduce security measures for the holidays. The awareness campaign for this pre-holiday season is marked by security experts and advisors to keep the public safe from online hacking and information phishing.

Experts still encourage everyone to join the campaign and be safe. They also encourage companies to launch pre-holiday messages to their employees inspiring them to stay safe online – whether it is at work or even at home. It is also important to keep employees aware of current scams, stay away from them, and prevent further damages.

Source: CS Online

globe2Many security experts marked 2014 as the year of security breach – especially for online shopping stores. According to them, most victims of security breach are associated with weak passwords. Security expert Krista Montie of the Center for Internet Security said the online users should be more vigilant and creative in protecting their data.

Use strong passwords and store them in a safe place where no one would get the idea of it – not in a notepad or sticky note on your desktop! Use a coding system in creating stronger passwords that are easy to memorize but tough for hackers to predict.

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Computer-ErrorSecurity experts, large and small businesses, public and private individuals are all fighting a common attack today: online security assaults. With cyber attacks being one of the widely discussed concerns today, security experts gives tips to all online users on how to stay secured and safe from all these attacks.

First is to be aware: in everything including privacy policies. Next is to understand how social media works: especially the sharing stuff. And speaking of share, one must know what to share and what not to share. Authenticating log in and passwords is the next step and the last but not the least, educate yourself and those people important to you.

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Screen-exclamationWith numerous online accounts, many users opt to recycling passwords – a practice that does not make online information safe from hackers and other online criminals. But there are tips that one can utilize to stay safe online. First, one must identify what information he needs to protect such as Google inbox where pertinent information is usually stored. One must prioritize the site he logs into and use the uncrackable passwords to those with most important information. There are also data-syncing applications that offer two-step verification processes. If you are using dozens of passwords, you can opt to make the device remember your passwords. Still, staying smart is the best tool.

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Security provider Symantec disclosed that it detected a phishing attack using Dropbox as front for hackers to access users’ information. It has been noted as one of the massive attacks since millions of people are using Dropbox storage. The emails sent to users are identical to the Dropbox page that it can make anyone fall for it. The link will then lead to a fake Dropbox login page, but hosted by Dropbox itself, according to a security expert.

The fake login enables hackers to get into users’ pertinent information such as personal account information, photos and files stored therein. The phishing email was detected and immediately shut down.

 

Source: PC Worlds

Computer-ErrorOctober signifies National Cyber Security Awareness Month and in time for the celebration, RoboForm issued tips to strengthen online security. According to experts, it is advisable to use your debit cards rather than credit cards because they are PIN protected.  Next tip is to strengthen your passwords by using complicated combinations possible. As much as possible, bring your own device and avoid using others where you leave your valuable information unsecured.   Another tip is to avoid clicking untrusted links, spams and other phishing tools. Also, keep your device updated as often as possible. Updated firewalls and anti-virus will help increase online security.

Source: Biz Report

Fake Google Docs Out

mail2Google Docs users are in danger for phishing frauds due to phishing emails sent using the google.com domain and making use of the site’s SSL encryption. Malicious subject lines include “Documents.” When you log into the fake Google Docs page, your information will b e submitted on a compromised server. Check out the complete version of the story from the source.

Source: Gizmodo

Phishing JUST got better.

This is not a TV commercial, but fraud sent as  offer, propaganda or scare/threat into your inbox, compelling and offering you wealth, fast cash, car or even a home or sometimes  scaring you to act fast, all targeting your credit, bank and personal information and stealing confidential details, if you would follow.

Maybe there were times you got an email from a Prince, a King or a Queen, perhaps, telling you he/she would leave fortune into your bank.

(Too good to be true—an offer coated in shining, shimmering gold)

Sometimes, phishing emails disguise as A BANK, targeting your bank details. They may even POSE A WARNING, alerting that your secured info was compromised, your account would be closed or other threats JUST TO MIND CONDITION YOU.

Following suit, people sometimes follow, being afraid their bank accounts were breached, compromised or hacked, especially among online banking subscribers.

Let me explain.

Spam, a term coined by Monty Python, means repetitive and unwanted emails, as simple as that.

Phishing, on the other hand, contains unscrupulous and malicious threats, viruses and malware, among others, all geared toward hacking and stealing your personal and financial info.

WARNING

Phishing emails appear secured, pretending as trusted sources, but they are not.

Beware by clicking only emails from trusted sources. Remember that banking and reputable companies NEVER OBTAIN INFO USING EMAILS.

You calling and answering important info is an SOP among companies—they do not ask security information through emails. Remember they do not provide external links for clicking as well.

Tips To Avoid Spam and Phishing

  • Email address. Look for fine toothcomb such as a misspelled company name. If found, delete the email right away.
  • Subject Line. Do not click on any emails with attention-grabbing subject lines that threat you, usually using subjects related to bank information.
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation. Beware of broken English, with erroneous company and people names.
  • Personalization. Spam emails may contain only one long sentence with a link in the end and without any personalization.

(READ THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO DETECTING PHISHING EMAILS HERE.)

Conclusion

It’s always best to practice extreme caution when opening and reading emails, even if they were from people you know. Delete any emails asking for money and without personalization.

For optimal online security from phishing and spam, install total solution against malware, virus and other online threats, BitDefender.

How To Mitigate Spear Phishing

globe2Measures to prevent phishing emails were ineffective according to Eric Johnson from the Vanderbilt University. He added that a technical solution might work more effectively. The university had conducted a study, which included training exercise. Johnson said that one the main things they have learned are that humans in the loop of security are often the weakest links in security. Read the full version of the story from the source.

Source: SC Magazine