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What's the easiest way to tell if an email is a phish? Verizon says now 7 in 10 of us know the first place to look is the web address that an email links to. In this example, the web address at the top of the email is not "amazon.com."


This actual phishing email is designed to collect a player's personal information as they participate in a phony contest. 


Click and drag the slider bar to see clues that it's a fake.

What happens if you complete this contest? Here is the screen you see. It says you won the iPad! To claim it, you must enter your credit card number and pay a shipping fee. And no, they won't be sending you an iPad.

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> Hackers have stolen driver’s license numbers that belong to some GEICO customers, which could result in the filing of fake unemployment claims on behalf of victims. CyberScoop says GEICO customers should be on the lookout for unexpected mail from their state unemployment agency, confirming they've filed for unemployment.​

> Scammers are sending fake alerts to some Instagram users claiming one of their recent postings violates copyright law. The message warns the user’s Instagram account will be closed within 24 hours unless a “Copyright Objection Form," that includes the user's name and password, is filled out and returned. Armed with that personal information, the scammer can then lock the user out of their own Instagram account.

> Apple is facing lawsuits from consumers who maintain they own their copies of music and videos purchased through the iTunes store. Apple disagrees. Ars Technica reminds consumers can assure they always have access to the content purchased from Apple, Google, and others by downloading a copy to their computer instead of relying on streaming it off the web. 

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Take a minute to watch this new video.

You'll be surprised at how big cybercrime is getting. 

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"Many websites now have a pop-up that asks to 'allow' or 'block' your location. I always select "block." But is there potential harm in allowing, for example, a site you trust to see your location only the first time you use it?"

> Most websites continue to monitor where you go online after you leave their site. 


To do that, they install a small file in your web browser called a "cookie", which is why you see ads for things you shopped for as you go from website to website.


Clicking "allow" even once means that the cookie remains on your computer unless you manually remove it. You can choose to "block" cookies on subsequent visits, but that cookie is still there from when you visited the first time.


To remove cookies from your web browser, select "Clear cache" or "Clear browser data" in the pull-down menu at the top of your browser. Note: this will also clear information like passwords that are stored in your browser.


You can prevent websites from tracking you by surfing the web in "incognito" mode. You won't be invisible — Google, your internet provider, and others will still be able to see what you do online, but cookies won't get installed.


If you want to surf in complete privacy, use "incognito mode" while also running VPN software.

"I know I need to have an anti-virus program installed on my laptop. But do I need one on my phone, as well?"

Cellphones are generally safer than laptops and desktops. That's because users can't easily install apps on phones unless Apple or Android have approved them. 


The biggest risks to cellphones are: 

  • Using a public Wi-Fi network that appears to be legit but instead, allows a fraudster to see what you're doing...

  • Downloading something from a fake text or email...

  • Clicking on a link in a text or email and visiting what appears to be a genuine website, where you enter personal information like a password. 


Experts we've surveyed say iPhones don't need anti-virus software, but Android phones may benefit from it. 

Do you have a cybersecurity question?

Aware Force Cybersecurity News • May 2021 a • Edition #119

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