Technology Matters-Scams and Security

Technology Matters

    Careful when typing.  One misplaced letter and you could get scammed by a site that looks legitimate. 

    Criminals waiting for our fat fingers to mistype.  A ploy know as ‘typo squatting.”

    If it looks fishy, be skeptical and double check your spelling.

    Its stored in the cloud.  Not those, data centers.  Thousands of them.  Hundreds of thousands of servers.  A lot of our important stuff stored there.

    Is it safe?  Yes.  Encryption, firewalls and anti-virus software.  24/7 monitoring too.

    We can get hacked, but you can’t match the cloud’s robust security.  The CIA’s cloud provider: Amazon!

    Scams never go away.  Netflix subscribers should be alert to a phishing scam.

    Scammers impersonating the online streaming site and asking for your payment information.

    Don’t take the bait.

    Malware will download your personal information…..then they have you.  They can steal your money or open new accounts in your name.

    WhatsApp users update your app now if you haven’t. 

    Facebook says “an advanced cyber actor” exploited a security flaw and installed malware.  It did this in the apps call function.  This means the hacker could access your private information, location data and other info.  

    Does Uber watch your every move?  It used too, but stopped doing that last year, so Uber away.

    Alexa listens, sometimes.  It listens for it’s name, but can be fooled and start recording you.  Amazon does have employees who listen to you, its all about marketing.

    Knowing we should be careful, a study found more than 90 percent of us took at least one big security risk in the past year.

    Credit Cards dot com found that 82 percent of us reuse passwords which can lead to identity theft.

    Nearly one-half save their passwords on their computers or phones.

    So, the moral of this story, be careful.  Use a password manager, watch your spelling and tell Alexa to mind her own beeswax.

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