Don’t become a victim of the ‘grandparent scam’

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports receiving a continued stream of complaints about alarming phone calls from scammers who claim a relative is in an emergency and needs money fast. Sometimes the scammer pretends to be the relative in danger. It’s a scam that often preys on seniors and it’s sometimes referred to as the “grandparent…

Don’t wig out over fake hair–get the real deal

My dad used to warn me against getting scammed with the old saying, “Don’t take any wooden nickels.” Looks like the modern version is, “Don’t take any plastic hair” (Or at least make sure you know what you’re getting). I know someone who was very happy to find a designer purse from Italy, only to…

Protect your identity online as Data Privacy Day approaches

Next Tuesday, Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day. It’s an annual event created six years ago by the National Cyber Security Alliance to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint. Why is it important to protect your identity online? In 2012, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received nearly…

Cyptolocker ransomware locks up your important files

Just in time for Halloween, a super scary malware infection is making the rounds: a type of ransomware known as Cryptolocker. Unlike the FBI ransomware that locks your computer and demands money in order to unlock it again, Cryptolocker leaves your computer operational–sort of. Your computer still runs. However, Cryptolocker encrypts all your files. The…

Don’t get bit by the Beta Bot

The FBI is warning about a dangerous new type of malware called the Beta Bot that cyber crooks can use to steal your banking and other sensitive information. Beta Bot has the ability to disable your anti-virus software and block access to security websites. One way the malware spreads is through an official-looking Microsoft Windows message…