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"Your Netflix account is about to expire."

The link in the email takes you to a website that looks like Netflix, but it's operated by scammers who designed it to collect your username and password. Confused? Visit netflix.com directly.

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"Warning from tech support: update your email software now."

The message isn't really from tech support. It's from scammers who want access to your email account. Confused? Contact tech support. They'll likely want you to forward the email to them.

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"Click to confirm or cancel this big purchase."

Do you remember ordering something from PayPal for hundreds of dollars? No? No need to cancel. The email is fake. Confused? Visit your paypal.com account (if you have one). If not, delete the email. 

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"You have posted copyrighted content to Facebook."

"Click here to remove it or your Facebook account will be disabled." No, it won't. You didn't do anything wrong. Crooks are after your Facebook password. Confused? Ignore the warning. 

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"Call us now, or your subscription will automatically renew."

What subscription? You never paid hundreds of dollars for antivirus software? Didn't think so. Scammers want you to give them control of your computer. Confused? Just delete the email. 

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> T-Mobile has launched a new program that collects information about the apps customers have installed on their phones, how often they use the apps, which Wi-Fi networks they connect to, and their web browsing habits, according to ZDNet. The data is not linked to users by name. To opt-out, T-Mobile customers must download the Magenta Ads app from their phone's app store, click on "View My Data," and then "Do Not Sell My Data." 

> Wired reports on an uptick in scams involving the popular app Instagram. Private messages seem to come from Instagram about winning a contest, making money off Bitcoin, deals on Apple products, and fake job offers. But Instagram never sends text messages to its users. 

> In less than eight years, super-fast "quantum" computers that utilize technology the size of atoms may be able to quickly crack any security measures that exist today, says BankInfoSecurity. That's leading to the development of a whole new method of securing high-value hacker targets like governments, hospitals, and banks. 

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According to the University of Wisconsin, one in three teens is “at-risk” because of how often they interact with content on their smartphones, tablets, and computers. These kids have higher rates of depression, anxiety, unhealthy body image, and the “fear of missing out.”

 

But technology can also help kids discover interests that will serve them well later in life.

 

While there are as many ways to parent as there are parents, you may find information in the documents helpful as you engage with your kids and help them experience the world online.

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Experts offer strategies for keeping kids safe and positive online. Click on the image to download and print.

A sample agreement between a parent and kid for online safety.

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"I use a home webcam. How can I ensure I am protecting my privacy?"

Only use well-known brands of webcams. When you first set up the device, be sure to change its default password. Then do a web search for the model and learn how to keep its software up-to-date. The webcam built into your home computer will be updated automatically when your computer's operating system is updated. However, it's still a good idea to cover the camera when you're not using it. 

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"I have every security option on my phone and laptop, but I keep getting hacked. I had to delete my Facebook account because it has been hacked many times. I'm already dealing with a collection agency because my identity was stolen. I'm so very tired of all this mess!"

 

That's awful. These steps might help. Purchase and install a password manager on your computer, smartphone, and tablet. Reliable brands include LastPass, 1Password, Bitwarden, and Dashlane. Next, install antivirus software on your computer. Reputable brands include Norton 360, Malwarebytes, Trend Micro, and Bitdefender. As for your stolen identity, visit identitytheft.gov. Put a freeze on your credit reports. File a police report to help bolster your case with anyone who says you owe them for purchases you didn't make. And notify any bank, credit card company, retailer, or other organization where unauthorized charges were made. Good luck to you!

 

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"Which is the safest search engine to use?"

All the well-known search engines are safe. Google makes most of its money tracking your online behavior and displaying ads designed to interest you. DuckDuckGo, a competitor, also displays ads based on your searches but does not track your online behavior.

 

Here's a video that shows how Google and other top sites have evolved since the World Wide Web first became popular nearly 30 years ago. Click on the arrow to watch.

Do you have a question about cybersecurity?

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