Digital hygiene isn't much different from any other kind, but in the same way parents pass on common sense advice to wash your hands frequently during cold and flu season, it's crucial to learn about your various exposures and how to spot trouble when it happens.
Phishing attacks succeed or fail depending on a number of factors, but the main one is the target's distraction level. Kids are not always the most mindful among us. This makes them targets for phishing scams.
In its simplest form, phishing is the practice of sending a link via email or text or embedding a link on a website that, when clicked, downloads malware onto the user's device as well as any other devices that are connected to the same network. From there, any number of things can happen.
$500 Billion is the estimated cost of cybercrime as of 2015 based on various reports. How does that affect business and what fears and opportunities that it present for tomorrow? Let's take a different perspective.
Today, a tweet, a post, or a blog is enough to alert millions in seconds of a dreadful restaurant, an unsafe toy, or a polluting car company. We can share our market experiences in real time. This narrows the space for phishing.
Few things cause more concern than a letter in the mail from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Though the agency sends out letters or notices for many reasons, identity theft is one of the fastest-growing issues for the IRS.
Unethical abuse of communication is not new. The rabbinic scholar, Rabbeinu Gershom, lived a thousand years ago and was considered one of the earliest and greatest scholars of the Ashkenazi Jewish community.
The latest greatest swindlers in the cybercrime racket know you're onto their digital three-card monte, and they've made a few adjustments, putting yet another wrinkle in the corporate-hacking game by targeting top-level employees for major profits.
Given the length of the infiltration and the fact that not one of the 83 million accounts affected got drained, it seems unlikely that theft of funds was the immediate goal of the breach. The more likely scenario is that we are watching a multi-layered crime unfold in real time.
If you are not particularly worried about being high-minded here, there is another consideration, which is, by looking at the pictures, you are giving criminals a purpose for their act (at least with a degree or so of separation) and causing someone distress. Is it really worth it?
My Facebook pal Jeannie received the email several weeks ago. A close friend passed away and the service was taking place the following day. Jeannie thought about sending a sympathy card or paying her respects in person. There was just one small problem. "I wish I knew who I lost," she messaged me.
Valentine's Day brings out the best -- and worst -- in human behavior. Our impulse is to be generous and search for the ideal gift. Internet thieves know this and coolly set traps for unsuspecting shoppers. Here are some of the more common Valentine's Day scams to avoid.