Cyber crooks send over 3 billion phishing emails every day, many claiming to be from trusted brand names.
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> Young people lose more money from online scams than seniors, according to the Better Business Bureau. They're most apt to fall victim to scams involving pets and employment scams. Cyber crooks go to elaborate lengths to charge fees for online interviews for jobs that don't exist.
> Insurance giant Marsh says it was hit with a data breach in April that exposed personal information including social security numbers of employees and customers. Businessinsurance.com says Marsh is notifying all individuals whose data was exposed.
> VW/Audi says one of its marketing partners has been hit with a cyber breach. CNN reports the breach exposed 3 million customers' drivers' license numbers, email addresses, and other personal information.
> Apple has released its latest three-month sales figures, showing that the iPhone and other Apple products bring in $900 million dollars a day — which translates to $10,000 every second.
As news stories and social media posts about the virus grow once more, scammers are back with urgent new phishing emails and texts. All are designed to steal your personal information, passwords, and money.
Check out these new examples of fake COVID emails and texts making the rounds.
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"I just received a text from an unknown number and clicked on the link. Is my iPhone infected?"
Just opening a text message won't infect your phone, but clicking on a link in the text could infect it. Android phones are particularly susceptible. If your personal smartphone is running slowly if the battery is draining quickly or your cell phone bill shows a sudden spike in data usage, consider buying and installing antivirus software like Bitdefender, Norton, or McAfee to analyze and protect it.
You may have seen recent news reports that iPhones can be hacked with a new malware called "Pegasus" if the user unwittingly opens an unfamiliar text message. Apple has released an update to its iPhone, iPad, and Mac software that may address this. All users are urged to install it.
"My Facebook account has been hacked. Now I can't get into my page and can't contact anyone with Facebook for help. What can I do?"
The main reason a Facebook account gets hijacked is that the owner is using a password that's short, easy to guess, and used on other online accounts. If your Facebook account gets hacked and you can't log in to it, visit Facebook's Online Help Center for instructions on what to do.
This is a different situation than when Facebook friends receive an invitation to follow someone they're already following. In this case, scammers made a copy of the original Facebook account using information the owner made viewable to the public. The owner should notify their friends that the new invitations are from fraudsters and then visit the "Settings and Privacy" area on Facebook to limit who can view their Facebook posts.
"Are password managers really safe? Is it possible for hackers to get in and steal all of your passwords?"
The risks of not using a password manager are much greater than using one. A password manager is software that's purchased, installed on a computer or phone, and takes over the creation and management of a user's passwords. So, could a password manager get hacked? Yes, in fact, it has happened. But the hackers couldn't steal any passwords because the software's security is so advanced.
Aware Force Cybersecurity News • June 2021 a • Edition #121
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