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The internet is a breeding ground for scammers, fraudsters, and con artists. In 2018 alone, over $1 billion was taken from unsuspecting individuals online and put into the pockets of scammers, according to the Federal Trade Commission. This is a huge industry that continues to grow with newer, more advanced scams each year. As someone […]
Cybercriminals will often send emails posing as representatives of trusted entities, such as insurance companies and banks, with the intention of retrieving your private information. If a hacker finds out which car insurance company you use, they might send you an email from an address that appears to be from that company. The message could […]
Ransomware is not new – it dates back to the 1980s – but it has undergone a renaissance throughout the 2010s, to the extent that it looks almost nothing like it did in its early days. Perpetrators have enhanced various strains with strong encryption (CryptoLocker), designed them to exploit protocols such as Microsoft Windows SMB […]
You can more easily manage notifications and offers from online retailers by creating an email address solely for engaging with them. This setup has the added benefit of making it easier for your to spot scam emails, which are often disguised as promotions, that wind up in your primary personal inbox. Ultimate Internet Security from […]
Many spammers send HTML mail with a linked graphic file that is then used to track who opens the mail message. When your mail client downloads the graphic from their web server, the spammers know you’ve opened the message. Disabling HTML mail entirely and viewing messages in plain text also prevents this problem.
Phishing is frequently associated with tactics such as a scammer telling someone they’ve won a prize, but it can also take the form of attempted extortion. Be wary of any email threatening to expose something about you unless you submit payment. Simply delete it instead of engaging at all.
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