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Mystery Scammer

Mystery Scammer

The Internet is full of scammers.  Every thief that thinks they can trick people out of money has some scam on the Internet and unfortunately many of them are successful.  Scams are designed to appeal to our basic natures.  Either they are pleas for help or appeal to our need for money or greed.  Any strong emotion can be used to control us as part of a scam.  According to the FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center the latest...

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Safety on Social Networks

Safety on Social Networks

Facebook is popular and a lot of fun and it is good for businesses that want to communicate directly with customers.  That makes it a prime target for crooks that want your money.  Unlike the Trojan horses and viruses that directly steal your bank account access Facebook attacks are usually more of an indirect attack.  This is true for all of the social networks. According to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center the Ramnit Worm has...

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Zeus’s Game

Zeus’s Game

There is a new Zeus Trojan horse program that is designed to steal money from your online bank account.  This version of Zeus is called Gameover.  There is nothing new about Zeus or the Gameover version of Zeus.  In fact the FBI estimates that 4 million computers are infected with Zeus.  Think of that as 4 million bank accounts that can be robbed. As software companies like Microsoft and antivirus companies fight this scourge the...

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Cloud or Fog

Cloud or Fog

The next BIG thing to be sold to us is something called cloud computing.  Basically, cloud computing means that the services you are using are somewhere else, not on your local computer.  In fact one of the more extreme views is that you won’t even have a computer just an access point into the Internet where everything you could ever want is waiting for you, at a price. This is a great idea and a horrible idea all at the same time! ...

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