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‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange is a scam

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Tis’ the season for scams to circulate on Facebook and other social sites. It sounds like great fun! Join your friends for a “Secret Santa” type gift exchange, and invite lots of others to the party. Only problem is that it’s a hoax. Watch out if you get a message on your Facebook Newsfeed (also spotted […]

Has the Windows Phone Store become a new target for hackers?

Almost exactly two months ago, we reported on some fake apps found in the Windows Phone Store. Unfortunately, the news hasn’t stopped there – instead, it seems that this third-party app store is becoming an increasingly popular platform for the bad guys. Today, we‘ve uncovered quite a large set of fake apps which includes scams […]

Got an aging parent? Tell them about the Grandparent scam

Scammers rob elderly victims of an estimated $3 Billion per year. A scam that has been around since at least 2008 is still active and targeting elderly folks. Seventy-four year old Avast evangelist, Bob Gostischa, who knows a thing or two about scams, security, and privacy, received a call just yesterday from a scam artist […]

Windows Phone Store scam: malicious mobile apps aren’t unique to Google Play

Although it’s possible to use third-party apps stores safely and securely, the fact that scams do still occur in a variety of app stores shouldn’t be ignored. On Sunday, a threat was discovered by a user who posted the issue on our forum. The scam, located within the Windows Phone Store, advertised three fraudulent versions […]

How iOS users can stay protected against iScam threat

It’s a common belief (and myth) that Apple products are invincible against malware. This false line of thinking has recently again been refuted, as iPhone and iPad users have been encountering a ransomware threat that freezes their Internet browsers, rendering their devices unusable. The ploy, commonly known as iScam, urges victims to call a number […]

Australians beware: Scammers are impersonating the Australian Taxation Office

Australian tax payers are receiving malicious emails that infect computers with Downloader.Upatre and Infostealer.Dyre. Read More