Tag Archives: internet security

Image via Flickr user Marjan Krebelj Lately we’ve been inundated with headlines of identity theft, hacked financial institutions, and general digital insecurity. It’s enough to ask why software developers can’t create the perfect code; code without vulnerabilities or room for … Continue reading

Posted in Hackers | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

As Valentine’s Day approaches, there’s no escaping the gifts associated with this romantic holiday – from flowers to chocolates to an endless assortment of red and pink gifts. Our email inboxes are no exception to this rule, as at this … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

It’s no longer news that popular sites like Facebook and Twitter provide alluring forums for hackers to lure victims into their traps. As social networks gain new users, cybercriminals increasingly exploit the platforms to spread their malware. However, cyberscams on … Continue reading

Posted in Privacy | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Social networks provide the ideal forum for spammers and hackers to engage in all types of cybercrime. Due to the inherent trust factor involved, most people (not including our tech-savvy readers, of course) don’t think twice before clicking on a … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Last year, as Twitter attracted more users, the rates of cybercrime rose concurrently. Phishing scams in particular greatly increased on the popular microblogging site. These attacks typically involve cybercriminals breaking into personal accounts in order to send direct messages to … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Computer forensics, also known as digital forensics, constitutes a branch of forensic science that deals with computers and digital media. More specifically, according to Computer-Forensics-Recruiter.com, an online resource for those interested in a career in the field, computer forensics is … Continue reading

Posted in Hackers | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

During these tough economic times, scam artists are taking advantage of job seekers by offering alluring opportunities via emails, websites and advertisements  – from get rich quick schemes to work from home ploys. While job postings using phrases such as … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Prepared by Steve Espino – PC Tools Malware Research Team With the holidays just around the corner, people the world over are looking for the best deals on holiday packages and gifts for their friends and family. What better place … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Cybercrime is not confined by city, state or national borders. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection is susceptible to online fraud. However, where you choose to surf the Web can put you at great risk for a cyberattack. … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , | 1 Comment

USB drives and external hard drives are useful tools for backing up data or transporting files from one computer to another. Yet research shows that many people are careless with these devices. A study conducted in London and New York … Continue reading

Posted in Privacy | Tagged , | 1 Comment

As rates of cybercrime continue to increase exponentially, law enforcement agencies will have to enhance their cyber-defenses to effectively fight online attacks. New technologies promise to play an important role in this battle for cybersecurity.  The Federal Office Systems Exposition … Continue reading

Posted in Hackers | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

These days the threat of online attacks is a major concern for any business as the rate of cybercrime continues to skyrocket. Yet, hackers aren’t the only online danger about which companies now have to worry. In the face of … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

If you’re a tech savvy consumer, you probably know the do’s and don’t’s of safe surfing on the internet. Taking precautions like purchasing premium antivirus software and educating yourself about common online scams can help prevent identity theft. Yet, a … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

As job losses and financial troubles continue to be issues in this economy, online employment scams are popping up across the web. Promising alluring opportunities, such as work from home positions and get rich quick schemes, these scams pray on … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

If you’re a Mac owner, you might think that you don’t have to worry about computer viruses and other types of malware. Those are troubles that PC users have to deal with, right? Not so fast. A new alert illustrates … Continue reading

Posted in Malware Alerts | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Internet access is like a window — you can see out but other people can also see in. If your information isn’t protected, your computer may be accessible to the criminals and hooligans of the online underworld. Since an ounce … Continue reading

Posted in Privacy | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Previous posts have discussed how cybercriminals adapt their ploys to conform to societal conditions; therefore, it’s no surprise that all types of employment scams have emerged in response to the global recession. We recently posted about an online employment scam, known … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

In one of the latest efforts to protect the country’s critical internet infrastructure, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly (422-5) passed a bill designed to strengthen domestic defenses and protect the country from increasingly sophisticated internet attacks. Titled the Cybersecurity Enhancement … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Malware production has increased and web-based PDF attacks are on the rise, according to the Symantec Global Internet Threat Report for 2009. This important report “provides an annual overview and detailed analysis of Internet threat activity, malicious code, and known … Continue reading

Posted in Adware & Spyware | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

With great popularity comes great exploitation. Facebook has become its own universe, complete with web-based “email,” advertising, picture albums and now you can even book a flight from the social networking platform. But, with the rise of this interactive technology … Continue reading

Posted in Spam | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

When you have to adjust to limiting your prose to a maximum 140 characters, each letter, number, and symbol takes on more significance, and oftentimes many of these characters comprise a link’s lengthy URI. Uniform Resource Identifiers (often identified as … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Over the past 10 years, cybercrime has been thrust into the government spotlight with new gusto. Although more attacks on government hardware have transpired than will ever be admitted, there are multiple public instances where other countries have bypassed US … Continue reading

Posted in Hackers | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

How much is your identity worth, or at least a small portion of it? Your email username and password, particularly if you are one of many who use Google’s Gmail, are more valuable than you might think, but remain a … Continue reading

Posted in Privacy | Tagged , | Leave a comment

We are all familiar with the stereotypical spam emails containing temptations along the lines of “Someone has a crush on you!” or “80% Discount on Viagra,” but how many of us would seriously ponder clicking on an included link? It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Spam | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Being unemployed is hard enough. Hours of job hunting and stressing over how to pay the bills can provide endless anxiety. Now there’s yet one more concern for desperate job seekers – the possibility of falling victim to the increasingly … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

These days, it’s hard to go a day without reading news about Facebook and/or Twitter, most revolving around online security, privacy concerns, or the latest cyberattack. One site that seems to fly under the radar is LinkedIn, the social networking … Continue reading

Posted in Privacy | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

As we choose to reveal more and more personal information to others via blogs, social networks, and email, privacy concerns are of paramount importance. Although most of us simply don’t want our personal lives to intersect with our professional lives, … Continue reading

Posted in Privacy | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Domain names, the URLs you type into a browser to visit a particular website, are getting a new look as we move into 2010. What is good news for the international community, though, may bring a concomitant increase in the … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Cybercriminals: What Will They Think of Next? Cybercriminals are nothing if not entrepreneurial. One way that they can make money outside of their usual schemes is to sell Do-It-Yourself crime kits, fostering a new crop of hackers and earning a … Continue reading

Posted in Online Fraud | Tagged , | Leave a comment