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Some Tips on Avoiding Internet Scams and Keeping Your Personal Safe!

Jul 04, 2019 12:51PM ● By Paul Spear

Don’t be a phishing victim…

Google just put out a transparency report on cyberattacks… And it shows a major shift over the last 10 years.

Hackers used to try to get people to download malware. They would get consumers to download free software from a website… But the download would also install malware. Then the hackers could steal personal information.

Well, that’s changed since the world’s gone mobile. Today, most people access software through their phone’s app store. Those apps are safe because Apple and Google check them for malware before making them available. That’s eliminated most malware.

But phishing is on the rise. Phishing attacks try to trick people into giving away account information or sensitive personal information. This is done through websites and email.

According to the Google report, phishing sites have increased by 569% in the past 10 years. These are fake websites that mimic a real company’s site. They try to trick consumers into typing their username and password. Here’s an example:

A Fake Login Page

Source: Hacker’s Place

This phishing site mimics Facebook. But if you look at the URL (highlighted in yellow), it’s clearly not Facebook.

Please, always check a site’s URL before entering any sensitive data.

And here’s a phishing email:

Example of a Phishing Email

Source: INFOSEC Institute

This email looks like it came from Amazon. And it’s compelling. It tells you to verify your account or it will shut it down.

But if you look at the sender’s email address… It’s not a real Amazon address. That’s a dead giveaway that this is a phishing email.

Then, if you hover over the link, you'll see it doesn’t actually take you to Amazon. It takes you to some weird site called "kereskedj." That’s another sign that this is a phishing attack.

So please investigate your emails. And never click on a link in an email from someone you don’t know or for something you haven’t asked for. That link will either install malware on your computer or take you to a phishing site.

Information c/o

Jeff Brown
Editor, The Bleeding Edge

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