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Consider how much data about you lives on your smartphone:


Valuable information about your identity, your financial information, your family and job, and your passwords. If it’s stolen, you risk having your identity stolen. In this video, you can see a few easy steps to keep your phone and your identity safe.

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> Here's a new phishing email scheme to steal your money and personal information. An email message appears to arrive from PayPal, the online payment service, with a warning. "You've been charged for this purchase [you didn't make]. Call this number to reverse the charge." Cybersecurity company Avanan says unwitting victims provide their credit card information, thinking they're canceling the charge.

> How many username and password combinations are for sale on the dark web? According to Dark Reading, 24 billion sets! That's a 60% increase in two years. The most common password researchers found is 123456. And most passwords for sale are so simple that automated tools can crack them in less than one second!

> And maybe this news will cut down on scams. Interpol, the international police organization, says in the past three months, they have targeted and closed 1,700 call centers suspected of hundreds of thousands of email and phone scams. CyberScoop says two of cybercrooks' most common tactics involve fake job offers and romance scams

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Example #1: Fake

Example #2: Real

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"How can you tell if your router at home has a firewall or not? Do you really need a firewall?"

> Yes, you do, and the router you use to connect to the internet at home has one built-in. And Windows, Macs, and Chromebooks all have more protection built-in. Firewalls are a sort of traffic cop that prevents unwanted data from entering or exiting your computer. CNET says you should update your router every five years; more often if you use lots of wireless gadgets.

"I am drowning in spam. When is it OK to click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the email?"

> If the organization is legit and adheres to anti-spam regulations, then clicking "unsubscribe" will work if you go through the unsubscribe process. You don't have to explain why you don't want to hear from them anymore. But spammers just use the unsubscribe button as proof that someone is reading emails at that address.

"I wanted to pass along a trick I use to see which companies sell my name when I buy something online. I put the company's name as my middle name. Then I can see every time they sell my name to other companies."

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Aware Force Cybersecurity News • July 2022 a • Edition #149

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