With COVID-19 keeping some families and friends apart, and supply chain issues limiting what’s available on store shelves, this might not feel like the normal holiday season to many Americans. But there is one thing that makes this holiday season much like every other holiday season in recent memory – there will be an uptick in cyberattacks and malicious activity.
The following story is an account of how my wife, Sara, responded to an email scam attempt. All of the material in these emails is taken directly from an exchange between our scammer and my wife. This entire exchange played out over several days as we drove across the American West this October. I was actively involved in processing these responses.
An influx of new threats, technologies and business models have emerged in the cybersecurity space as the world shifted to a more remote work model in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fact that the technology landscape is constantly changing isn’t a new revelation, but it’s certainly been taken to a new level in the last year. Here, we analyze the emerging threat landscape that’s come as a result and what cybersecurity trends pose the most risk in 2021 and beyond.
With the increased use of mobile devices to manage so much of our lives, it’s no surprise scammers have moved to this medium to target your sensitive information. If you have a mobile phone, then you’ve most likely experience smishing. Smishing is a phishing message received via a SMS text message. Just like an email phishing attempt, the scammers are targeting your sensitive information.
CrowdStrike predicted in 2020 that the ransomware threat would only worsen, and news reports since have borne this out. Stories of ransomware attacks since the start of May 2021 alone include..
It has been over a year since the pandemic began and cyber threats have thrived during this period. In April 2020, we witnessed a huge spike of phishing emails and smishing text messages, which lead to various cyber attacks and scams. Research data shows that spam messages increased by more than 220 times during the first month of the COVID-19 lockdown.
When we set good intentions — whether it’s in our careers or personal pursuits — there’s always the chance that we’ll fall short sometimes.
This is especially true in the instance of our online lives and how, despite our best intentions and sincerest concerns, we compromise our privacy online.
This is called the privacy paradox, meaning that we believe online privacy is important, but we don’t act on that belief. Instead, it’s often the case that we prioritize the internet’s conveniences over protecting our personal information and sensitive data from the world of cybersecurity and data tracking risks that lurk on the internet.
Worried about how much of your private information is on the internet and vulnerable to theft or misuse? You’re not alone. Online privacy is an important issue. But there are steps you can take to help manage and protect your financial and personal information while you visit your favorite social media, news, and entertainment sites. Here are some ways you can boost your online privacy.
Many of us have seen COVID-related scams hit our inboxes in the past year. It's no secret that scammers try to take advantage of times of panic and uncertainty, when people are most vulnerable, to steal personal information.
Today, with the rapid development and distribution of COVID vaccines, many Americans are going online and sharing personal information to join waiting lists and book appointments before slots become filled. Scammers are altering their tactics to take advantage of this excitement. As we eagerly check our emails for vaccine updates and confirmations, it can be hard to tell the difference between a legitimate email and a phishing attempt.
We’re all spending more time online; creating new accounts, accessing online tools for work or connecting with family and friends. Each one requiring a password. Taking control of your increasingly digital life starts with the proper password hygiene.