*US Government starting to crack down on fake ‘tech support’ lines

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It’s happened to all of us … we click on a bogus link and up pops an equally bogus blue screen claiming our computer has been compromised and we need to call a toll free “Microsoft” support line to get help.

Then sometimes we even get a loud voice telling us NOT to leave the page or our computer will stop working. The voice is adamant that we must call Microsoft right then to keep the Internet safe from whatever bogus nasty thing has infected our computer.

Riiiight.

This is one of the most common scams on the internet, yet thousands of people fall for it every week. Of course it wasn’t Microsoft and the pop up was fraudulent.

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*30 security terms you need to know to protect yourself online

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Cyberattacks have been on the rise for the past several years and 2017 shows no signs of letting up. But, these days, online threats go far beyond your computer getting a virus. If you don’t know what threats are out there, protecting yourself will be a challenge. That’s why I’ve rounded up 30 terms you need to know if you want to safeguard your online privacy and security.

Two terms before we begin

Each of the terms we’re about to go over all fall under the umbrella of two terms you need to understand. The first is “Cyberattack” and the second is “Cybersecurity.”

Cyberattack

Simply put, a cyberattack is any attempt by an outside source to target, steal from, spy on, damage or destroy a computer network. Cyberattacks come in all shapes and sizes (as you’re about to see), and the criminals behind them don’t set their sights on a single target. No home network is too small, or company too large, to fall victim.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity, on the other hand, is the act of protecting networks from cyberattacks. Whether it’s locking down your personal network at home, or hiring a staff of IT professionals to secure the network for your business, cybersecurity is increasingly becoming a challenging task. To beat cybercriminals, you have to always be one step ahead of the game.

Ready? here we go ……

A Glossary of Cybersecurity Terms:

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*Nine Security Tips For Holiday Online Protection

By Declan Dunn, TechViews.org   …..

Over the past few years we have seen dramatic increases in online scams and frauds. Today, most Internet users are unaware of the prevailing online threats which pose a real challenge for their safe Internet usage. As a result, security has become a questionable factor for the most Internet users.

And during this holiday season it is particularly important that you protect yourself. This is the time of year when scammers operate almost 24/7 trying to take advantage of users in the holiday spirit of generosity and open heartedness.

A study shows that over 91 percent of the Internet users don’t practice the basic principles for online protection. If you are one among those 91 percent, then this article is just for you!

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*PayPal users falling for official-looking email scam

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Phishing scams are ever popular with cybercriminals. They try tricking their victims into clicking on a malicious link, which results in the scammer stealing credentials, personal data and even money.

These phishing attacks are usually sent by the scammer in an email. The latest attack making the rounds is targeting a popular online payment system.

You could find a scam email that was recently sent to your inbox claiming to be from PayPal. It’s an official looking email sent by scammers, trying to get you to click on a malicious link.

The email begins by warning the reader that someone is using their PayPal account without their knowledge. It claims that there has been recent activity on their account from a suspicious location. They are then supposed to click on a link to confirm your account.

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*The 8 things you should never carry in your wallet

By Alexis Boncy   …..

If your wallet could double as a free weight, chances are you’re due for a clean-out.

It’s probably fair to assume you’re carrying a few things that — clutter aside — would be better left at home. After all, if your wallet is lost or stolen, you don’t want to surrender anything that will make it easier for someone to impersonate you, infiltrate your accounts, or go on a shopping spree on your dime. So, haul out that wallet and get ready to purge. Here are eight items to remove:

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*Why you should think twice before using a debit card

By Alexis Boncy   …..

“Credit or debit?”

It’s a common question to field at the cash register, but that doesn’t make it an inconsequential one. Because for all of credit and debit cards’ surface similarities — your debit card may even have a Visa or MasterCard logo emblazoned on it — there are big differences between the two methods of payment. And many of us would be wise to ditch our bank debit cards altogether. Here’s why:

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