Child Predator scam tries to trick you into downloading a virus

Parents love their kids and want to protect them from danger. Unfortunately, some cyber-criminals are taking advantage of parents’ fears with an email designed to scare them into downloading malware. The email is disguised as a “community safety” alert warning for parents about a child predator in the area, but it’s really a scam. Your BBB warns you to…

BBB warns of top 10 risky famous faces

People love celebrities. If we didn’t, they wouldn’t be celebrities, would they? Unfortunately, curiosity about your favorite celebrity could make you the victim of a phishing scam or a virus. Most people are unaware of the risks involved when searching for celebrity and entertainment news. “Click baiting” is a way to get someone’s attention online. They engage with…

Internet Explorer users vulnerable to attack

A vulnerability in Microsoft’s popular Internet Explorer web browser can allow a “remote, unauthorized attack” on users’ computers, the company announced over the weekend via a Service Advisory. Although it is working to fix the problem, the company suggests “workarounds.” Meanwhile, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a division of the Department of Homeland Security,…

Heartbleed: what you should know to protect yourself

You might be tired of hearing about online security threats, but there is one you really should pay attention to: Heartbleed. It’s not a virus or a case of hacking, but a two-year-old coding mistake that was just discovered. A friend of mine compares it to banks discovering their vaults were unlocked for two years. You don’t…

Scam Alert: Don’t get burned by ‘Malaysian Airlines flight mystery’ video scam

Social media teasers about exclusive footage could give you malware, steal your identity If we’re honest, most of us will admit to being curious about big, tragic events like the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. When something like that happens, you can count on scammers to come out of the woodwork. The promise of exclusive video that hasn’t…

Creator of notorious SpyEye malware pleads guilty

Glad to know the developer of a nasty piece of malware is facing justice. Not so happy to find the malware is still out there, posing a threat to consumers’ finances. The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that Russian national Aleksandr Andreevich Panin (also known as “Gribodemon” and “Harderman”) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy…

BBB scam alert: Hit delete on fake funeral notice

Email users are increasingly savvy about spotting scam messages. So scammers are always on the hunt for new ways to evade the “delete” button. This scam email, disguised as a funeral notification, reaches a new low. How the Scam Works: You receive an email with the subject line “funeral notification.” The message appears to be…