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HTTP vs. HTTPS: How one letter can make a difference

Searching for HTTPSYou probably overlook it, and yet that letter protects your data every day.On March 12, 2021, the World Wide Web celebrates its 32nd birthday. But time passes for everyone,  and in the past three decades, the miraculous communication between systems that you are using right now has changed dramatically. That “www” you see before website domains representing the World Wide Web is now accompanied by even more acronyms.I’m talking about HTTPS, that something that helps keep you secure. So, for

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The harsh reality about your password practices

receiving a harsh truth about passwordsYou reuse passwords, add exclamation marks to them, and are confident you won’t be hacked. Have a seat, we’ve been waiting for you.You are looking for a book. It’s not on Amazon; it’s not on Indigo. But it’s on this website you’ve never seen before, so you create an account and go to the checkout. It asks for a password and, after thinking hard for two seconds, you type Letmein1!, your favorite default password for one-off accounts like this. You

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What’s in today’s cybercriminal’s toolbox? Let’s open it.

Cyber fraud is a catch-all term for endless schemes to fool users into giving assets access to their data or information. Each ploy has its own personality and tools. Today we take a closer look.The goal of cyber fraud schemes is the same: impersonate legitimate users or companies and collect sensitive information or assets for monetary gain. As cyberattacks become the norm, they rely on common techniques and tools to reach their goals. Here are some examples, as seen in

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday scams are calling – Let it ring

Let's be honest, most Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases this year will happen from our sofa. And fraudsters will be sitting right next to us. These are some of their latest tricks, so that when their scams are calling, we ignore them.The 2020 holiday season will be unlike any other we’ve experienced. In many cases, COVID-19 will keep us in our own homes and away from crowded stores. That may be a good way to curb spending, but the

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Meet The Underground Business of OG-Username Account Takeover Attacks

go account takeover is a big business underground“Car.” “Chris.” “Lizard.” Online accounts with one-word names like these are known as “OG usernames,” and they’re prime targets for bad actors who steal, buy and sell access on a lucrative black market.OG stands for “original gangster,” a reference to the fact that many of these usernames are held by early adopters of the apps and platforms in question. A recent episode of the Reply All podcast followed a Snapchat user named Lizzie whose OG username, “Lizard,” was stolen and

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