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Rebecca Morris

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Malware Lurks on YouTube

Issue #10 Malware Lurks on YouTube Image made using Canva Ahoy there, fellow Netizens! This week, let’s talk about YouTube. If you need a tutorial about anything computer related, YouTube is a great place to look! Unfortunately, hackers know this, and are using it to trick viewers into downloading malware. Proofpoint, a cybersecurity company, released a report earlier this week describing what’s been going on. Essentially, the unknown cybercriminals are creating YouTube videos describing how...

7 days ago • 1 min read

Issue #9 Don’t Trust Links From AI! Image made using Canva Ahoy there, fellow Netizens! This week, let’s talk about Google’s Search Generative Experience (SGE). This combines AI with Google Search to provide an AI generated answer to your questions. Lily Ray, an SEO specialist and DJ, found that SGE includes malicious links as part of its AI generated answers. If you search for “Walmart auto center,” for example, she found you’ll get an AI generated summary of Walmart’s auto services,...

14 days ago • 1 min read
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Issue #8 Don’t Get Locked out by 2FA Image made using Canva Ahoy there, fellow Netizens! Today I want to ask you a question: If you lost or broke your phone, would you still be able to access your online accounts? If you have two-factor authentication (2FA) turned on, you might find the answer to that question is “no.” That’s because the most common forms of 2FA use your phone to confirm you really are who you say you are whenever you log in, either by sending you a code via text or having...

21 days ago • 1 min read

Issue #7 How to Spot a Scam Shopping Site Image made using Canva Ahoy there, fellow Netizens! This week, I want to talk about how to spot a scam shopping site. Imagine that you want to buy a particular pair of shoes. Unfortunately, they are out of stock everywhere, except for this one website you’ve never heard of before. Is it safe to buy from the site? Or is it a scam? The WHOIS Database One tool you can use to help answer this question is the WHOIS database, which collects a lot of useful...

28 days ago • 2 min read

Issue #6 That “App Optimization” Job Is a Scam! Image made using Canva Ahoy there, fellow Netizens! Today I want to talk about the job market. Because it’s tough out there, and, unfortunately, scammers are making it even rougher! The Offer On Wednesday, I received a text message from someone calling themselves Sarah. She told me she worked at ACCUR Recruiting and had gotten my phone number from a “recruiting database.” “Can I share some job opening information with you?” she asked. Despite...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Issue #5 Ignore That Wrong Number Text! Image made using Canva Ahoy there, fellow Netizens! Ever receive a text message that was clearly meant for someone else? If so, watch out! Innocent seeming “wrong number” texts could be part of a scam trying to steal your money! Beware friendly strangers texting you! I received one such text a few months ago from a person calling themselves Anna. It read: “Hi Jasmine , long time no see, when are you going back to Thailand.” (The grammatical errors were...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read
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Issue #4 Hackers Got Hacked Image made using Canva Ahoy there, fellow Netizens! Prolific ransomware gang LockBit had a terrible week this week. Law enforcement from multiple counties turned the tables on the cybercriminals by hacking them, seizing their websites and servers. Police also shutdown thousands of third party accounts used by the gang and even arrested some of the hackers, significantly disrupting their criminal operations. Who is LockBit? LockBit is one of the most active...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Issue #3 All Good Things Come to an End Image made using Canva Ahoy there fellow Netizens! This week we have two reminders that all good things come to an end: Skiff and Authy desktop. Skiff Skiff is (or was) a privacy focused productivity suite offering end-to-end encrypted email, calendar, notes and storage. It’s relatively new but was becoming more and more popular. In fact, as of November 2023, it had nearly 2 million users. Unfortunately, last week users found out Skiff will be shutting...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Issue #2 A Nasty Amazon Video Scam Image made using Canva Ahoy there, fellow Netizens! Earlier this week I watched an excellent video by scambaiter Pleasant Green about a nasty Amazon Video scam. In today’s newsletter, I want to spread the word about this scam to help you and your loved ones avoid it. How the scam works If you’re setting up Prime Video on a smart TV, you need to enter a code from your TV into Amazon’s “Register your device” page. If you do a Google search for that page,...

2 months ago • 1 min read
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Issue #1 Don't Trust Google's Ads Ahoy there, fellow netizens! Today I want to talk about Google’s problem with scam ads, which has a long history. While you might have hoped that Google would have cleaned up its act by now, recent reports from Krebs on Security and Check My Ads suggest that’s not the case. Ads that trick you into downloading malware Krebs on Security reported that ads at the top of Google’s search results are tricking users into installing malware. The ads in question have...

2 months ago • 1 min read
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