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Look out for phishing scams disguised as social media games

Have you ever completed a quiz on Facebook? Although questionnaires are good fun, cybercriminals sometimes design them to solicit personal information. Be wary of any that ask you to share personal information in the comments section, such as your first job or your pet’s name – these are often the type of questions used to […]

Cybersecurity tips for online dating

Online dating – once the ugly cousin of the dating world – is now hitting it off, especially for younger generations. In fact, Pew Research Center claims that while 3-in-10 Americans overall have used an online dating service, that number is much higher for Americans aged 18-29 (48%).  As with any digital innovation, cybersecurity concerns […]

Teach kids about avoiding scams while gaming

Many games now include in-game currencies and microtransactions through which players can obtain new items or features. Scammers attempt to take advantage of these systems by selling fully-upgraded accounts to unsuspecting kids for real-world money. To keep children safe while gaming, instruct them about the risks of in-game purchasing. Teach them what a legitimate microtransaction […]

Be aware of common email scams

One of the best-known email scams the “Nigerian prince” scheme is important to recognize, but it’s hardly the only one. Some others to keep an eye out for include emails purporting to be from government agencies (which almost never communicate with individuals in this manner) and communications from Internet service providers (ISPs) and software companies, […]

When online dating, perform a reverse image search on matches

Romance scams target unsuspecting users by fooling them into a relationship with their false identity. They often solicit money from their victims via blackmail, extortion or manipulation. Avoid being scammed by reverse image searching their profile photos. This can give you an indication that their photos are either legitimate or stolen.

Be mindful of crypto scams

Cryptocurrencies have increased in popularity in recent years. Consequently, blockchains have also been the target of cybercriminals. Cryptos, like Bitcoin, use security keys to protect currency with unique corresponding sets of letters and numbers. Despite these measures, bad actors are increasingly using cryptocurrencies to steal information and collect ransom. Before purchasing a coin, make sure […]