A typosquatter is someone who has registered a web address that is very similar to a well-known shop or online business. The difference can be a common or simple typing mistake. So, for example debenams, or argoss have been seen. The criminal then puts up a web site very similar to the real shop in order to entice you to enter your credit card details. It is usually a good idea to type in the name of a web address in order to avoid clicking on a suspect link, but this scam shows you have to be very careful not to make any mistakes. If you are in any way suspicious about the site don't leave your credit card details.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
At this time of year we are at peak time for online shopping. Here is a collection of sites with lots of good tips for safe online shopping:
Saturday, 26 November 2011
I dont usually like to post about the varius threats and cyber criminals. I prefer to discuss methods and techniques to improve security. The security industry is very good at hyping up the threat anyway. But this BBC article gives some excellent insight into how viruses (or malware) can be written to order, and how cyber crime has become a business. It reinforces the need to keep your software up to date.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Unfortunately I think we will see this headline every Xmas as there seems no effective way of keeping rogue traders off the web and Xmas, with the high online shopping rate, is their favourite time to set up stall.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Good news! Facebook should be moving to an 'opt in' approach to privacy. In other words users privacy options can only be changed if they agree to it. To date it has been far too easy for privacy to be gradually eroded by subtle changes in privacy policies. Let's face it, most of us have no time to read privacy policies so we need more protection from websites who gather, hoard and abuse the data they need to attract advertisers.
Monday, 14 November 2011
I mentioned this scam in my book but unfortunately it seems to be getting worse. So tell your friends and family not to fall for it or perhaps, like the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, string them along a bit and waste their time. Basically if you get a call saying your PC has a problem and needs fixing then don't pay any money - it's a scam.
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
This report shows that even the most savvy and experienced web users are at great danger from phishing - it is not just novices who get caught out. It also makes the sensible proposal that we should use separate email addresses for different types of communication - banking, personal, etc. so that any email appearing in the 'wrong' address is automatically suspicious.
Monday, 7 November 2011
Smartphones are increasingly being stolen for their data. A thief could get access to your passwords, your credit card numbers and your email. The ability to read your email could allow them to change passwords on other accounts you use. This identity theft could cause you a lot of problems, so if you do lose your phone, as well as reporting it to your phone company quickly change all your important online passwords. Where possible, try not to store security sensitive data on your phone. Even outdated BlackBerrys can apparently fetch £40 each on the black market in Africa, China and Europe, because of the data they contain. Of course you should also make sure it is protected by a PIN but this will not stop the determined data thief.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
I was beginning to think the war on spam was being won. With filtering by ISPs, tools on the desktop and in the email client, a lot less seems to be getting through. But the spammers are getting cleverer; making their emails resemble genuine business emails; spoofing the email 'from' address to add plausibility, and using subject lines that are believable such as 'Re: Your Amazon order 1234567' or similar. These emails contain what looks like a valid web link too. So whether the email is commercial spam or an attempt to infect you with malware, they are trouble. Beware!
Sunday, 9 October 2011
This is, unfortunately, a great example of the sort of scams you need to watch out for. They can seem professional and relevant. They even appear high on search engines which gives them a certain amount of credibility and makes it likely that they are clicked on. Some tools can give you an idea whether a website has any active threats -and this can help - but it doesn't mean that website wont try and rip you off.
Cybercrooks Using Steve Jobs' Death as a Lure for Online Scams