FBI E-Scams and Warnings

The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) maintains a Web page for alerting the public to recent scams and online frauds: http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams

email CC and BCC – what, how, security

VIPRE Security News Vol.1, #5 – August 10, 2011 – Issue #5 discusses what CC and BCC mean and security issues. Sending emails to your friends and associates by BCC does not expose their address to the rest of your list. There are a couple of issues in using BCC to keep in mind …

Reporting fraud and/or phishing

VIPRE Security News Vol.1, #5 – August 10, 2011 – Issue #5 contains a list of both government and corporate email addresses to send incidents of fraud and/or phishing.

Employees Fall for Phishing

This Enterprise Systems article highlights once again that protecting yourself from phishing attacks requires guidance and training. Relying on good intentions is not enough. Many are tricked into clicking on links in phishing e-mail messages anyway. The cleverness of cybercriminals can still overcome the best intentions of employees. As Sjouwerman [KnowBe4 founder and CEO Stu… Continue reading Employees Fall for Phishing

Apple Security Update and File Quarantine

ars technica writes, “The Security Update 2011-003 that Apple released on Tuesday directly addressed the Mac Defender malware threat in two ways: it changed the way malware files are detected by enabling automatic daily updates, and included code to remove at least two of its variants.” The article further discusses Apple’s response to a growing… Continue reading Apple Security Update and File Quarantine

How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware

Apple posted this article regarding: A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus. The user is then offered Mac Defender “anti-virus” software to solve the issue. And MacWorld writes: Online crime falls mostly into four… Continue reading How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware

Recognizing Fake Antiviruses

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) defines a fake anivirus as: Fake antivirus is malicious software (malware) designed to steal information from unsuspecting users by mimicking legitimate security software. The malware makes numerous system modifications making it extremely difficult to terminate unauthorized activities and remove the program. It also causes realistic, interactive security… Continue reading Recognizing Fake Antiviruses