Adware found in fake Flashlight apps

A newly discovered mobile adware program called LightsOut was recently observed in 22 fake Android flashlight and utility applications, reportedly prompting their removal from the Google Play Store.  the malware bombards users with ads that are triggered by the simplest acts, including ending a call, plugging in a charger, establishing a Wi-Fi connection, or locking a screen.   Read More

Microsoft Tech Support Scam

recent Windows Security blog post from Microsoft revealed a new trick in a common form of internet scam: Fake tech support sites will now automatically launch a device’s phone dialer with a prompt to contact their “support team.”

Tech support scam websites, as Microsoft said in the post, used to rely on a loop of popups and browser lockups to fool users into thinking something was wrong. Most browsers now have the ability to prevent sites from creating more dialog windows, effectively stopping those kinds of attacks, so scammers have been forced to adapt.  Read More

The volume of malicious emails blocked in Q3 climbed by 85%, versus the previous three months, with ransomware by far the most common threat according to new data from Proofpoint.

The firm’s Quarterly Threat Report is the result of daily analysis of over one billion emails, hundreds of millions of social media posts, and over 150 million malware samples.  Read More

Nigerian Scams

Millions of victims lost $12.7B last year falling for Nigerian scams

Smart people are easier to scam, according to a new report released by Ultrascan AGI, which recently released a report on Nigerian 419 Advance Fee Fraud statistics. According to the report, losses from Nigerian scams totaled $12.7 billion in 2013.

We have all gotten that email. You know the one, saying you just received a big inheritance, or maybe you won the lottery even though you never bought a ticket, or maybe the email sender needs to smuggle money into the U.S. and promises to give you a portion of the money in return for just a little help. If these emails even make it into your inbox instead of your spam folder, hopefully you recognize the scam, but according to the report, millions of people have fallen for these tricks, leaving huge holes in their pockets and making hundreds of thousands of Nigerians rich.  Read more

Cyberbreach at Equifax could affect 143M U.S. consumers

By Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY

An estimated 143 million U.S. consumers could be affected by a cybersecurity attack carried out by suspected criminal hackers, national credit-reporting company Equifax said Thursday.

The unauthorized access to information for nearly 44% of the U.S. population occurred from mid-May through July 2017 and primarily involved names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers, the company said in a detailed announcement of the attack.  Read More

Hardware Tips: Complete PC Preventive Maintenance Guide

By Kirk SteersPCWorld

“Take good care of your PC, and it will take good care of you.”

It’s a nice sentiment, but reality is more like “Take good care of your PC, and it won’t crash, lose your data, and cost you your job–probably.” Follow these steps to stop PC problems before they stop you.  

Your PC’s two mortal enemies are heat and moisture. Excess heat accelerates the deterioration of the delicate circuits in your system. The most common causes of overheating are dust and dirt: Clogged vents and CPU cooling fans can keep heat-dissipating air from moving through the case, and even a thin coating of dust or dirt can raise the temperature of your machine’s components.

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Choose the right anti-virus

How to choose the right antivirus

If you have a computer, you need anti-virus protection.  If your computer is new, it might come with a trial version of a program, but it might not be the right one to meet your computing needs.  If your computer is due for a renewal of its anti-virus software, you might want to check out other anti-virus programs.  Either way, you need to make sure that the antivirus program you choose to install on your computer will do what you want it to.  Here are some points to consider before you purchase or renew your current anti-virus program… more

Internet Safety for Adults

by Kate Miller-Wilson

Internet safety is just as important for adults as it is for children and teens. From privacy concerns to identity theft and cyberstalking, there are plenty of hazards on the web. Fortunately, a few smart moves and a dose of awareness will go a long way toward protecting you on the Internet.  Read More

Website Hacking a Big Danger

In a surprising statistic, Google quarantines approximately 10,000 websites a day via its Safe Browsing Technology and over 30,000 new websites are identified each day distributing malicious code to users.  Of the millions of websites that push through the scanning technology, we often see a lot of them to have some Indicator of Compromise that denotes a hack.

All websites, including blogs, small business up to and including large fortune 500 corporations, stand at risk of being hacked at one point or another.  It is very important to acknowledge that security glitches do exist that could place your website at risk.  Read More