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Cybercrooks make big money by stealing identities of millions of unsuspecting people. Once thieves gain access to social media, financial and work-related accounts online, they masquerade as the owner to make purchases, steal money, and sensitive job-related information. 

Watch the video to see what happens to the typical identity theft victim and how to avoid becoming a target. 

Simple cyber crimes are still effective. Fake emails that convince a reader to respond by sending or updating a password represent the most common way crooks steal information from organizations and families. USA Today's advice is simple: look at the address the email came from, and if the message is still convincing, contact the individual or organization named in the email directly to confirm it. 

Here's why using Wi-Fi on the road can be dangerous: Nearly half of all employees use unsafe public Wi-Fi networks on their computer, phone or tablet when they're away from home or work. Using Wi-Fi on an unsecured network can allow fraudsters to gain access to the information on a user's device. According to a new report from Verizon, the reason most people use risky wireless networks is that they're in a hurry.

PayPal hacked: If you received an email from PayPal confirming a recent purchase you didn't make, contact them to dispute the charge. The online payment giant was breached in late February, allowing crooks to make purchases, often from Target and usually greater than $100. ZDNet says PayPal has fixed the glitch that gave hackers access.

Test your skill on cybersecurity and computers with this cybersecurity crossword puzzle. Click on the puzzle image below to download and then print the PDF, which includes clues on page one and answers on page two. 

Aware Force Cybersecurity News • March 2020 a • Edition #90

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