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If you receive an unsolicited direct message, never click the link

Sliding into your DMs with a shady link is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Scammers often attempt to fool you by suggesting that the link will lead you to an image of yourself or something similarly personal. If you do, you’re likely inviting an unsuspected malware attack.

Only donate directly to online charities

Don’t give your contribution to a third-party website when you can give directly through a charity’s own site. If the charity that you want to support does not offer online giving, you may be able to give through JustGive or Network for Good. Be aware that these third-party websites may charge you a transaction fee. […]

Don’t let ransomware ruin your holidays or weekends

Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly common worldwide. Businesses large and small are being robbed of their data, money and security. Estimates by Cyber Ventures indicate small businesses in particular are attacked every 11 seconds and make up over half of all ransomware damages worldwide. But with so many threats, how can you stay protected? To […]

Be wary of links shared on Twitch

Twitch is an extremely popular live streaming platform with a focus on video game content. With the sheer number of people on the site at any given time, it can become a hotbed for scammers. Links will often be spammed in the chat during livestreams, likely leading to a malicious site. As a rule of […]

Watch out for typos when entering URLs

Typosquatting is the practice of hosting a website at an address that is like a popular URL yet off by a character or two, turning it into a trap for anyone making a common typo. Check carefully what you type or, try saving frequently visited sites as bookmarks and navigate to them from there to safeguard you reach […]

Look out for package delivery scams

If you’re expecting a delivery via mail or private carrier (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.), you probably track the package online or via text message to see if it’s delivered on time. Watch out for unexpected emails or SMS updates, especially if they ask you to make additional arrangements by supplying personally identifiable information – they’re […]