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Here’s how to finally stop robocalls

No one likes robocalls. In fact, they suck. So here are a few tips to help you get rid of them once and for all. Robocalls are those pre-recorded telemarketing calls that always seem to come at the most inopportune times. We may think of robocalls as nothing more than a general annoyance, but they […]

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What you need to know about distributed guessing attacks

Do you frequently use your Visa credit or debit card for payments when visiting e-commerce stores? You may have to think twice the next time you make transactions through these sites. Researchers at the Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom have recently discovered a new form of attack used by hackers to hack […]

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Don’t Jump into these Cyber-Scams with Both Feet

Black Friday and Cyber Monday create a frenzy of shopping, and people are markedly less careful with how they spend their money in the push to get the best deals. Online scammers take advantage of unwary shoppers during this popular shopping weekend with phishing scams, malware, and Clickbait. Protect yourself and your accounts by being […]

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Online fraud: The essential guide to protecting yourself

Yes, it’s possible: preventing fraudsters from getting to you via online trickery and other stealthy actions. Yes, it’s possible to be thinking one step ahead of cybercriminals. There are simple precautions you can take to help avoid online fraud from happening to you. Here are some essential tips you should follow. Emails Let’s begin with […]

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How to Recognize Online Risks

Would you give up your bank account and credit card numbers to a stranger on the street after he approaches and asks for them? Of course not. But that’s essentially what people do when they’re tricked by online crooksters into revealing sensitive personal information, including their Social Security numbers. One of the most common ways […]

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How to Avoid the Holiday Shopping Trap – Tips for Safe Online Shopping [Infographic]

The holiday shopping season is here. This year, Adobe predicts that Cyber Monday online spending is expected to break $2.27 billion, which will be an increase of 55% compared to 2012. But shoppers should be careful. Cyber criminals are most active in unleashing malware, viruses, and various scams during the holiday shopping season. Fortunately, the […]

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Warning: Searching for Celebrities on the Internet Can Infect Your Computer with Malware!

Cybercriminals and hackers have been coming up with clever ways to trick victims into inadvertently sharing sensitive information or downloading harmful malware onto their computers and mobile devices. In the past decade particularly, we have been relying on the Internet to keep up to date on the latest information and gossip about our favorite actors, […]

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How to Prevent Phishing Attacks

According to Commtouch’s quarterly Internet Threats Trend Report, an average of 97 billion spam, phish, and malware-laden emails were sent worldwide every day during the first quarter of 2013. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) defines phishing in the following way: “Phishing is an attempt by an individual or group to solicit personal […]

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