Category Archives: Consumer Alerts

Bitcoin Battle Hacks New Online Currency

Bitcoin, a new form of electronic money, nabbed global attention yesterday after a hack attack forced a dramatic fall in its value. After trading as high as $147 just a few days prior, the hack knocked an entire bitcoin service offline “indefinitely,” crippling others as the exchanges fought off hack-related trading lags. Wait – What Read more…

A good night’s sleep from avast!

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At Avast, we know how precious a good night’s sleep is. You can relax and sleep soundly knowing that avast! Antivirus is protecting your devices. From your family’s PCs or Macs to the Android phone in your pocket or tablet on your nightstand – avast! is guarding against prowlers, snoops, and thieves. Check out the […]

Phishing scam: University of Texas (San Antonio) email expiration

How’s this for a good phishing scam? Everything seems legit: 1. From email is “customerservice@utsa.edu” 2. No misspelled words and has decent grammar (however, some punctuation inconsistency) 3. Copyright (c) symbol next to the university name 4. Gmail did not filter it as spam, but left it in my normal inbox     Yes, if […]

Phishing scam: University of Texas (San Antonio) email expiration

How’s this for a good phishing scam? Everything seems legit: 1. From email is “customerservice@utsa.edu” 2. No misspelled words and has decent grammar (however, some punctuation inconsistency) 3. Copyright (c) symbol next to the university name 4. Gmail did not filter it as spam, but left it in my normal inbox     Yes, if […]

Why are Cybercriminals Moving from PCs to Mobile Devices?

The number of households in the United States that rely solely on mobile phones continues to increase. As of July 2011, 31% of households had mobile phones and no landlines. Additionally, almost one in six households used mobile phones exclusively or almost exclusively, despite still having a landline. This is the first time that adults Read more…

Why are Cybercriminals Moving from PCs to Mobile Devices?

The number of households in the United States that rely solely on mobile phones continues to increase. As of July 2011, 31% of households had mobile phones and no landlines. Additionally, almost one in six households used mobile phones exclusively or almost exclusively, despite still having a landline. This is the first time that adults Read more…

Ongoing Google Play Attacks Plague Japanese with Variation on One-Click Fraud

In what may be the biggest security-related incident on Google Play this year, multiple Trojans targeting Japanese users were discovered carrying the strain of Android one-click fraud. McAfee Mobile Research has already identified multiple developer accounts that were used to spread the malware and confirmed that more than 80 applications of this type existed on Read more…

What is a “Drive-By” Download?

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Gone are the days when you had to click to “accept” a download or install a software update in order to become infected. Now, just opening a compromised web page could allow dangerous code to install on your device. You just need to visit or “drive by” a web page, without stopping to click or Read more…

Wearable Technology: Utterly Fantastic or the Next Privacy Fiasco?

You’ve felt it. That tiny nagging of a feeling making you doubt for a second whether or not you should post what you’re doing on Twitter, share that picture of your new car (including the license plate, shall I mention) on Facebook, or tag your location in an Instagram photo. But that’s just the beginning! Read more…