Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On-Line Security News

From Trend Security Newsletter. Directed at US readers I know but also applies here.

Halloween Scams
Could Give You a Scare

Seems like scammers and hackers celebrate every holiday, no matter how big or small - and Halloween is no different. In recent years, we've seen emails promoting Halloween sales, e-cards, house decorations, and "sexy Halloween costumes." The one thing they have in common: they're all spam that could put your security at risk.

Cybercriminals are particularly fond of Halloween scams because they know people are looking for last minute ideas for the special night. And if their spam's subject line attracts your attention, they'll hope you click on the spam, give them access to your computer and your personal information.

Some scam emails are essentially phishing attempts that try to entice victims into surrendering personal information through (for example) a phony signup form. Others include attachments that end up downloading spyware or viruses onto the victim's computer. Here are some tips for protecting yourself from Halloween tricks: Read more

Beware of Natural Disaster Scams

From Hurricane Irene to Texas wildfires, many parts of the country have seen their share of natural disasters in recent days. Unfortunately, disasters don't just present an opportunity for people to help others in need-they can also offer an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of the well-intentioned. Read more

What You Need to Know About Child Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, social security number, or credit card number to commit fraud or other crimes. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year-and up to 500,000 of those cases targeted children. Read more

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