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Have you been SMiShed? When we make credit or purchases at the store we always keep our card in sight and carefully hide our pin number from prying eyes; We’re savvy about emails promising us the lion’s share of a Nigerian estate settlement and those that congratulate us on winning the Irish Sweepstakes when we’ve never set foot outside of Canada or even bought a ticket.

Have you been SMiShed?

We are always on high alert knowing that these tactics are fraudulent and we know they’re a scam. But can we truly manage to keep from falling prey to cyber predators? While emails offering outrageous windfalls can often be questioned using common sense, sometime those from supposedly legitimate sources have shown that they can truly throw us off-guard. Pressure builds over iTunes, App Store fraud. Make it stop... developers and consumers want more action against App Store fraud.

Pressure builds over iTunes, App Store fraud

In a little more than an hour, Ryan Matthew Pierson racked up $US437.71 in iTunes charges for virtual currency that he could use to buy guns, nightclubs and cars in iMobster, a popular iPhone game. One problem: Pierson, a technology writer in Texas, has never played iMobster. ''This was fraud,'' said Pierson, recalling the November incident. Passphrases only marginally more secure than passwords because of poor choices. Passwords that contain multiple words aren't as resistant as some researchers expected to certain types of cracking attacks, mainly because users frequently pick phrases that occur regularly in everyday speech, a recently published paper concludes.

Passphrases only marginally more secure than passwords because of poor choices

Security managers have long regarded passphrases as an easy-to-remember way to pack dozens of characters into the string that must be entered to access online accounts or to unlock private encryption keys. The more characters, the thinking goes, the harder it is for attackers to guess or otherwise crack the code, since there are orders of magnitude more possible combinations. If you're using 'Password1,' seriously, change it now. The number one way hackers get into protected systems isn't through a fancy technical exploit.

If you're using 'Password1,' seriously, change it now

It's by guessing the password. That's not too hard when the most common password used on business systems is "Password1. " Should I Change My Password? Protect Yourself from Vishing. “Vishing” occurs when criminals cold-call victims and attempt to persuade them to divulge personal information over the phone.

Protect Yourself from Vishing

These scammers are generally after credit card numbers and personal identifying information, which can then be used to commit financial theft. Vishing can occur both on your landline phone or via your mobile phone. The term is a combination of “voice,” and “phishing,” which is, of course, the use of spoofed emails to trick targets into clicking malicious links. Password Checker. Home > Security > Microsoft products help protect your computer from malware Home > Security > Security products and services: Frequently asked questions Home > Security > Upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 to help protect your computer Home > Security > Spyware protection with Microsoft Security Essentials.

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