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13+ Warning Signs that Your Computer is Malware-Infected [Updated 2019]

Here’s one of the scenarios you may not like, but it could happen every day because it’s always viruses season for computers. You’re working on an important project and suddenly you start seeing annoying pop-ups displayed on your computer. Also, it takes too long for your files or computer apps to load. You wait and wait until you start asking yourself:

 “Does my computer have a virus?”

Unfortunately, the answer might be “yes” and your PC could be already compromised with viruses or next-gen malware that are slowing down its activity and performance.

This is one of the many warning signs that show your PC might suffer from a malware infection. There are more of them you need to be aware of and understand, so you can quickly take action.

In this article, we’ll show you the most frequent warning signs of malware infection and what can you do about it.

Use these quick links to easily navigate and see some of the most common warning signs displayed on a computer:

1. Your computer is slowing down
2. Annoying adds are displayed
3. Crashes
4. Pop-up messages
5. Internet traffic suspiciously increases
6. Your browser homepage changed without your input
7. Unusual messages show unexpectedly.
8. Your security solution is disabled
9. Your friends say they receive strange messages from you
10. Unfamiliar icons are displayed on your desktop
11. Unusual error messages
12. You can’t access the Control Panel
13. Everything seems to work perfectly on your PC
14. You get the error on the browser
15. You get suspicious shortcut files

Scenario 1: “My computer applications run slow lately and it takes longer than usual to start”

If you’re dealing with this scenario, it could mean you have viruses on your computer. We know, it’s so frustrating to see it loading slowly. It is a known fact that one of the malware’s main activity is to slow down your operating system, whenever you’re navigating on the Internet or simply accessing your local applications.

What can you do?

First off, you need to check out for causes and issues and try to understand what is going on.

Here are some of the most common causes that slow down your PC:

  • Your system’s RAM memory is low and might be caused by the number of high apps you’re currently using. Windows Task Manager is a great tool to look for programs which use the most of your RAM memory. Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE simultaneously on your PC, choose Task Manager and will open a list of your current apps you have open;
  • There is no storage space on your hard disk, so you need to check out all your files and documents stored there and do a cleaning;
  • This behavior is particularly happening when you’re browsing the Internet, so you need to check out your browser’s Settings, then clear your browsing data;
  • A fragmented system which means that the storage space is used inefficiently and reduces your PC’s performance;
  • Your Windows OS hasn’t been updated or you’re using outdated drivers.

If you have already thoroughly verified these possible causes and all seems to work just fine, you can start considering a potential malware infection. Use these tips to help you optimize and speed up your Windows operating system.  This article shows 5 ways to keep an eye on those programs accessing your drives.

Scenario 2: “I keep getting annoying ads that are opening randomly or strange messages on my computer’s screen”

Unexpected pop-ups which appear on your screen are a typical sign of a malware infection that wreak havoc on your computer. This form of malware is known as spyware and is designed to collect and steal users’ sensitive data without their knowledge.

In this particular case, the main issue is created not only by the numerous pop-up windows that affect your Internet browsing but also because it is quite difficult to remove them from the system.

These pop-ups are not only frustrating, but they usually come bundled with other concealed malware threats and could be far more destructive for our systems. They could be disguised as legitimate programs and actually track your web browsing data or monitor your online activity to collect passwords and other personal information.

We strongly recommend to NEVER CLICK on a suspicious pop-up!

Source: FastRemoveVirus.com

A good idea would be to try one of these free spyware removal tools to get rid of those annoying pop-ups or strange messages.

Also, to better keep your computer away from malicious threats, make sure you apply these security measures:

  1. Do not click on pop-up windows
  2. Don’t answer unsolicited emails or messages
  3. Be very careful when you are trying to download free applications from various websites

Use this guide that includes useful steps that will make the removal process easier and more effective, as well as your Internet navigation hassle-free.

Scenario 3: “My laptop keeps crashing when I watch Youtube videos or play games. It simply freezes, then a blue screen shows up”

Oh, I know this one. It happened to me with my previous laptop so many times and was quite frustrating. It crashed so many times and got that popular BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). Then it started and “told” me Windows was recovering from an unexpected shutdown.

You are probably familiar with this error too, right?

There might be two things causing this type of issue:

  1. You could be dealing with a technical issue caused by a potential incompatibility between your software and/or hardware
  2. Or it may be a malware issue.

If you suspect any technical problem, it may lead to this:

Are different programs running on your PC that are in conflict? Are there any orphaned registry keys which have not been removed that could eventually crash your system?

Orphaned registry keys are pieces of data information that have been left behind during the process of uninstalling several programs from your computer. They don’t only take up unnecessary space on the PC but can cause a serious issue for its proper functionality.

How to fix this:

Use the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) that can be opened in the search bar of Windows. From there, you select the run command, but it could be a daunting part of this process because you have to manually remove orphaned keys.

Our recommendation is to run an automated cleaning session using a specialized program like CC Cleaner which is free (Two versions of this tool have been compromised by malicious actors who spread malware inside it, but CCleaner is safe now) and will  automatically scan missed and unused keys while doing a backup of your data before the actual cleaning.

First of all, install the CCleaner program, click the Registry icon (as displayed in the image below), select the items you want to delete, then Scan for issues and a list of potential issues will be generated. After the scanning is done, you can review this list and click on Fix selected issues to solve the outstanding Registry issues. You will be asked to backup changes.

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  • For malware infection: run a complete scan on the system with a good antivirus product. If you have a dilemma about which antivirus is the best one, we wrote this useful guide on how you can find the right one for your needs. It is also important to rely on another layer of security on top of your antivirus solution to better fight against online threats and proactively block them.

If your programs or system crash constantly or the infamous BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) appears often, it’s a clear warning that your system is not working properly and you should look into it.

There are two things that can cause this issue:

  1. You could be dealing with a technical issue caused by a potential incompatibility between your software and/or hardware
  2. Or it may be a malware issue.

If you suspect a technical issue, multiple software problems may lead to this.

Scenario 4: “ I started getting this popup message <you’re running out of disk space on Windows (C:)”

If you are receiving this warning message, it means that there’s no free space left on a particular partition (in this case, C) on the main hard drive in your computer. More and more users are reporting this issue.

The cause? Here’s what Microsoft has to say about this:

This behavior can occur if the free disk space on your computer has dropped below the low disk space notification threshold associated with the Disk Cleanup utility.

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How do I fix this?

First of all, you need to check if your physical storage space has been increasing lately or if some of your files disappeared or changed their names. Also, make sure, you delete all those old or unnecessary files that can lower your PC’s performance.

This could be another sign of malware infection since there are so many types of malicious programs which use different methods to fill up all the available space in the hard drive and cause it to crash.

Scenario 5: “For quite some time, every time I start my PC, I notice that the Internet traffic suspiciously increases”

If this message was displayed on your computer, chances are there is an unusually high network activity happening on your PC that could lead to a malware infection.

There are cases when the user is not connected to the Internet through his browser, and there is no program that may connect to online servers to download or upload any data, but high network activity can still be observed.

What can I do?

Have you checked for one of the followings:

  • the last Windows update for your computer?
  • is there any program or application that’s downloading any data?
  • is there any update for a certain app running at this moment?
  • is there a large download that you started and forgot about, which may still be running in the background?

If the answer to all these questions is NO, then you should check out where all that traffic is going. Here’s how to do this:

  • Monitor your network and detect hidden threats by using one of these programs: GlassWire, Little Snitch or Wireshark.
  • Check for a malware infection, by using a good antivirus product to fully scan your system.
  • If you suspect your computer has been infected by a dangerous financial malware, we recommend using a specialized security suite designed to address advanced and new online threats.

Scenario 6: “My homepage has changed and I don’t remember doing it myself”

If you spotted this unusual behavior or a new toolbar showing out of nowhere, or you’ve been redirected to a different web address than the one you’ve initially accessed, they could be signs of malware infection.

It usually happens when you visit a website and you accidentally click on a link or a pop-up window. This triggers the unwanted software to download and install on your device. The effects are not only annoying but also malicious, and can compromise your data.

What to do?

Run a complete scan with your security solution (an antivirus or proactive security solution) as soon as possible. Why? Because these type of threats don’t go away easily.


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Scenario 7: “My PC is acting weird because I get unusual messages that appear unexpectedly.”

I get this! That’s usually the type of warning message that makes you wonder “What’s going on with my computer?”

Here are some frequent warning signs to watch out!

  • Suddenly you see programs opening and closing automatically
  • your Windows OS is shutting down unexpectedly, without any reason
  • you’ve noticed strange windows when your PC tries to boot
  • Windows tells you that you’ve lost access to some of your drives.

Although the root cause may be a technical issue, it could also be a warning sign that malware has taken over your computer and is slowing down its activity.

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How to mitigate the impact of a malware infection?

Follow these steps:

1. Keep your Windows system up to date

2. Scan your computer with an antivirus solution

3. Install a proactive security program to enhance your computer’s protection

4. Consider reinstalling your operating system. This 13-step guide will show you how to secure your PC after a fresh (re)installation.

Scenario 8: “I use an antivirus product and keep getting the message that <Protection is disabled>”

If you noticed your antivirus solution doesn’t seem to work anymore or the Update module is disabled, then you should check out immediately for ways to fix this.

Did you know that some types of malware are sneaky and can disable your security solution?

 Well, yes, they are designed to leave users without any defense and making difficult to detect them. If you already tried to reboot your computer, closed and opened the security solution and all your troubleshooting efforts seemed useless, you could take into consideration the malware infection scenario.

Source: Nod32Helpmax.net

This is especially the case, because it’s a known fact that traditional antivirus solutions can’t easily detect, block or remove next-gen and advanced malware (such as ransomware, adware or financial malware). Thus, you can get exposed to all kind of attacks, and we strongly recommend enhancing your protection by adding multiple layers of protection.

Read these 10 reasons why second-generation  malware evades antivirus detection.

Scenario 9: “My friends tell me they’re getting strange random messages from me on Facebook, which I didn’t send”

If your friends recently got several strange messages/emails or suspicious links from you, and you didn’t send them, it’s likely that you’ve been infected with malware. Here’s a good example of malware spreading via Facebook Messenger and tricking users into clicking on links they’ve received from one of their friends.

But first, check out your online accounts and see if those random messages were actually sent from one of your accounts. If something like this happened, take immediate action by following these security measures:

  • Log out from all your accounts. For most of our online accounts, we log into multiple devices and we often forget to log out. So make sure to log out from your online accounts on all connected devices.
  • Use unique and strong passwords for all your online accounts. Always remember to change passwords for your online accounts! NEVER use the same password(s) for multiple accounts, because if you are hacked, all your accounts will be exposed and lose valuable data stolen. This password security guide will help you master passwords like an expert.
  • Start using two-factor authentication RIGHT NOW. Do you want to increase your control over your accounts’ security? Then add this second security layer that will ask for an extra authentication step in the login process, along with your credentials.

Scenario 10: “There are these new, yet unfamiliar icons on my desktop that I don’t recognize”

If you’ve been noticing unknown and new icons on your PC, you most likely downloaded by accident these sneaky programs called PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). They are malicious programs that can do a lot of damage and expose you to data leakage, displaying annoying ads or pop-ups on the screen, or adding toolbars on your browser.

If you’re infected with PUPs, have a look at this guide showing how to avoid these unwanted programs and remove them from your computer.

Scenario 11: “Sometimes I see unusual error messages displayed on my computer”

An error message like this one could indicate that there’s a bug in your system that needs to be fixed, or it could be a warning sign of malware infection. These types of error messages showing missing or corrupt files folders suggest that your PC has been compromised and its performance is affected, which makes it run slowly.

How to fix this:

Do a full scan of your PC and see if any viruses are detected. Also, make sure you have the latest updates installed on your operating system and regularly check for security patches, applications patches, and drivers.

error messageSource: Microsoft Windows Dev Center

Scenario 12: “It seems that I can’t access my Control Panel by clicking on the button”

If you are facing this issue and your Control Panel does not open, it means that your computer is having a technical problem and is not functioning correctly.

How to fix this?

The first thing to do is run a full scan with your antivirus software. Then, see if you can open Control Panel in Safe Mode and follow these steps described here. It could also be another sign that your computer is vulnerable and exposed to potential cyber attacks. After running a full scan with your antivirus product, use also a proactive security solution to keep your confidential information properly safe.

Source: GeForceForums

Scenario 13: “Everything seems to work perfectly on my PC. Are any chances to be paranoid and still check out for malware?”

When it comes to data protection, it is essential to be a little bit paranoid and very careful, even if everything seems to look normal. Why? Because cybercriminals are creative and they can hide malware in the most unexpected places, leaving no visible marks and still infecting your computer.

Everything may seem to work perfectly normal on your PC until a boot on your system could silently wait for instructions to access and collect your most valuable data.

Scenario 14: “My laptop working very slow and sometimes it gives the <Flash not working> error on the browser”

We received the above message from one of our readers. 

If you get this message too on your laptop or PC, it might be a good idea to disable Flash and try another alternative. Flash has lots of vulnerabilities that we talked about in this article, showing all the security risks users are exposed to. 

Regardless of your browser used, (Firefox, Opera, Chrome) this could be a warning sign that your computer is malware-infected.   

Here are a few useful tips that could come in handy: 

  • Keep your Windows system up to date, and consider reinstall your OS, if this issue persists.  
  • Have a full scan of all your files and apps installed on your PC using an AV solution, to see if it detects any malware 
  • Consider installing a proactive security solution to enhance protection for your computer and keep malware and other online threats at bay.  
  • Also, make sure you reboot your PC if you haven’t performed this task in a while.  
  • Have a look at the Task Manager function and see what programs run in the background that could slow down your PC performance. It helps you get an overview of what apps and program take space and how much.  
  • Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed, but if you don’t have it, download it from here and follow the instructions. Remember to restart the computer after this procedure. 
  • If you no longer want to have the Flash Player app on your computer, you can follow these easy steps and uninstall it. 

Scenario 15: “I used an external USB drive and when I connected it to my computer, it was infected by a virus and suddenly all the files turned into shortcuts.”  

Here’s another warning sign showing your computer could be infected with malware. If you used an external USB drive or another external flash drive to copy information without scanning it before, this could explain the appearance of those shortcut files.  

If all your images, files, and other documents show up as shortcut files and are not accessible, they could be infected with malware. These malicious files can compromise all your data from the computer, rename your files and create a lot of chaos and hassle.  

How to fix this? 

If your files have been compromised, here are some useful tips and security measures to take: 

  • Have a full scan of your USB drive and check out for possible viruses and malware. If the antivirus solution doesn’t detect them on your external drive, maybe you should try to format it and clean the space. 
  • Use the Command Prompt (cmd) on a Windows machine, while the USB drive is plug into your device. To access it, go to the Start menu, type in “Cmd”, press “enter”, and you’ll see the “cmd.exe” under a list of programs. Click on it and you will be directed to the Windows command line from where you can recover the virus-infected files and get repair. The process may take a while, but it will clean up your More details can be found here 
  • Make sure you add multiple layers of security and consider using a proactive security solution to strengthen your protection. 

Can you avoid malware infections?

Yes, you definitely can, if you’re paying close attention to these early malware infection signs and prevent them from happening. Make sure your operating system, browsers, and plugins are always up to date, because keeping your software patched can keep online criminals at bay.

Also, here’s a list of recommended articles: to help you better survive a malware infection:

How to Easily Remove Malware from Your PC [Updated]

How to Protect Your PC with Multiple Layers of Security

32 Go-To Security Forums for Free Malware Removal Help

Make sure your network is safe and secure, and always think before you click on something. Also, remember to practice safe browsing and always access trusted online sources to easier prevent potential online threats.

Reminder: Knowledge and long-lasting education are our best weapons to fight against online threats, so it’s vital to learn and educate yourself and others to better understand how malware works on our system, and how we can mitigate its impact.

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Here are the most common cyber security threats that occur in the healthcare sector

Cyber attacks are growing at alarming rates with no signs of slowing down. Actually, a new attack can unfold right now, as we write this article.

What’s worrying is that these types of threats target everything and everyone from large and small organizations, to home users, or various industries and sectors.

The worst part is the impact and the damages caused. Recovering after a major cyber attack – whether it’s an organization, institution, or home user – it requires a mix of resources: time, money, qualified people, to get back on track.

The healthcare sector is no exception.

Last year, when the devastating WannaCry ransomware happened, healthcare was among the most affected sectors. The National Health Service (NHS) in England and Scotland was a prime target for cybercriminals with more than 40 NHS medical organizations and practices having their services disrupted.

Recently, the same institution disclosed a data breach in which confidential and sensitive data of 150,000 NHS patients have been disclosed. The incident was a result of a coding error by healthcare software supplier TPP.

According to a study from IBM Security, “healthcare organizations had the highest costs associated with data breaches – costing them $408 per lost or stolen record – nearly three times higher than the cross-industry average”.

The  2018 Thales Data Threat Report (Healthcare edition) stated that 77% of healthcare organizations have been breached, with some of the most valuable personal data about their patients and customers being exposed.

These numbers tell us just a part of the reality, and if statistics and findings didn’t raise your blood pressure, let’s see find out:

Why cybercriminals target the healthcare system

Money isn’t the prime motivator for malicious actors to target patients’ records, and manipulate data in ways that will determine doctors and other medical professionals to provide wrong diagnostics for different diseases.

All the protected healthcare information is valuable and attractive for cybercriminals knowing that these sensitive data is a matter of “life and death” and they can create chaos in institutions.

In many cases, the IT infrastructure used in hospitals and other medical institutions is vulnerable, because most of the medical devices used by doctors and nurses aren’t patched. Cybercriminals take advantage of software vulnerabilities, exploit them and hack hospitals, wreaking havoc.

The human nature is also vulnerable and untrained to spot such attacks, which lead to people getting easily lured into clicked on a malicious link or attachment send via email. Key findings from the 2018 Annual Healthcare Cybersecurity Report by Proofpoint pointed out that malicious actors “trick healthcare workers into opening an unsafe attachment, impersonate members of the executive team, instructing staff to wire money or send sensitive information.”

As we all know, in many countries, the healthcare system is viewed as critical and vital for the entire population along with electricity or transportation which makes it even more attractive to cybercriminals.

The growing number of healthcare IoT devices used by medical personnel to diagnose, monitor, and treat complicated disease cases represent another attractive target for malicious actors to exploit. After these devices are installed in a hospital, doctors and nurses don’t focus on the security and privacy aspects, but on its main purpose: to provide a better experience for patients and improve the medical workflow.

While cybersecurity, in general, isn’t a top priority for medical institutions, if all the products used are built to be “secure by default”, there will be less cyber threats to expose and compromise personal information.

Here are the main cybersecurity threats in healthcare

Any type of cyber threats can occur on a small or large scale for the healthcare sector, but what are the most frequent ones? And how can we prevent them from exposing our most valuable data?

Ransomware and advanced malware attacks 

These popular cyber threats remain lucrative for malicious actors which will continue to use it during their campaigns. Malware is a serious issue for all industries, but “ransomware exploded between Q2 and Q4 of 2017, dwarfing all other types of cyber attacks against healthcare companies combined”, said the report from Proofpoint. Also, WannaCry is one of the best examples.

According to Verizon’s 2018 Breach Investigations report, 92 percent of malware is still delivered by email. Of all the malware attacks out there, phishing emails will continue to be a persistent threat and “plague the healthcare sector”, say security experts.

There are a few reasons why this will not be going away. One is the evolving nature of the types of emails the hackers are sending, and another is not keeping the [warnings] to employees fresh,

added Susan Lucci, Senior privacy and security consultant.

Cybercriminals will not stop turning their attention to healthcare, but they will evolve their tactics with more sophisticated and targeted attacks to steal and compromise sensitive information.

How to protect yourself:

  • Train your employees about security awareness and teach them how to easily spot phishing emails, so they are not tempted to click on suspicious links or attachments received on the email.
  • Periodically check if your main email address shows up in Have I Been Pwned or Firefox Monitor to find out if your account is part of a data breach.
  • Don’t forget to secure every login on your online accounts with the two-factor authentication system.
  • We put together this actionable guide in which you will find the safety checklist to follow and prevent ransomware attacks.
  • Carefully consider how much personal information you share on social media, and consider revise your privacy settings for each social account.

Insider threats

According to the 2018 Protected Information Data Breach Report by Verizon, healthcare is the only industry in which internal actors represent the biggest risk to an organization. Moreover, key findings show that 58% of all healthcare data breaches and security threats are caused by insiders, people who have access to healthcare resources and important data.

When these individuals perform current medical tasks in a way that negatively affect an organization or institution, a lot of damage is caused: bad image for the organization, loss of patients’ trust, possible lawsuits and others.

How to mitigate them:

  • Educate and train your employees and other persons with access to critical medical resources about the top risks associated with certain behaviors, data protection of patients, or privacy. Focus on improving employees’ cyber resilience and learn them to adopt the mindset of working with security in mind.
  • Teach employees and medical personnel to use browser add-ons and extensions and always keep them enabled on browsers.
  • Rely on technology and implement solutions that allow decision-makers to detect healthcare data breaches quickly or even prevent them.
  • When data breaches are detected, the authorized persons need to respond effectively by initiating an investigation to reduce or limit the impact.

Cryptojacking attacks

These cyber threats have been one of the most popular attacks in 2018, almost surpassing ransomware, and they’re constantly evolving. The healthcare sector is also targeted by cryptojacking attacks, as malicious actors can target a vulnerable website and inject a script. Then, unprotected visitors on that website had their computers enslaved in order to mine cryptocurrency.

Mining software can be also installed on IoT medical devices and networks, and the rule is simple: the longer your computer runs, the more cybercriminals can use it to secretly mine cryptocurrencies.

How to stay safe:

  • Use a reputable antivirus product, coupled with an anti-malware solution that periodically scans your online traffic and blocks infected websites you could access.
  • Scan your system and see if you observe unusual activities at your computer, especially an increase at the CPU usage.
  • On any browser, use an Adblocker that has can stop cryptocurrency-mining scripts. One example is uBlock but you can also use an Adblock extension for your browser.
  • Remember to always keep your systems, networks, and software patched, especially your browser which is the direct target for some malicious actors.

IoT healthcare attacks

IoT continues to evolve and still be a hot topic. The adoption of the Internet-connected medical devices has proven to have great benefits for hospitals focused on improving infrastructure and keeping employees and patients’ data secure.

However, keep in mind that there’s no such thing as 100% secure software, so the medical personnel needs to practice precaution.

New research demonstrated that “hackers can <trick> or induce medical devices into sharing detailed information about the device’s inner workings.” Moreover, malicious actors can target specific devices to get error messages, gather information to customize a potential attack to be tailored to the target device.

Most of the IoT devices and software used in hospitals aren’t checked for updates and existing vulnerabilities are immediately exploited by cybercriminals. And from here we can unfold a scenario in which an upcoming cyber attack happens.

This is why more attention to the safety aspect is required, in order to protect patients’ personal information stored on these devices.

How to protect IoT medical devices:

  • Make sure you check for updates and apply them immediately, to prevent exposing your IoT medical devices to cyber attacks;
  • Remember to always use a secure Internet network and protect this network with a unique and strong password.
  • Medical institutions need to demand from manufacturers that software products are “secure by default” or/and improve devices security.
  • To reduce the impact of these attacks, manufacturers SHOULD take security seriously and work on providing transparency about devices security.
  • Decision-makers need to be aware of the importance of protecting these devices after deployment and put all efforts into keeping patients’ personal data secure.

Healthcare supply chain attacks

The supply-chain attack involves exploiting vulnerabilities in a supply network used by specific organizations. It could be a medical institution, such as a private or public hospital which is targeted by this type of attack.

These attacks happen when cybercriminals intercept a delivery from a supplier and inject malicious code directly into the medical devices delivered, without anyone being aware of the risks. Basically, hackers look for backdoors in the systems of a trusted partner/business that provide software for medical devices.

The worst part is that these products (considered legitimate) from medical devices makers “arrive at the destination” after being injected with malware and can compromise patients personal information.

How to mitigate supply chain attacks

  • To avoid such attacks and ensure the protection of medical records, medical institutions should require all third-parties to have certification (HIPAA) and meet the standards they need to meed and be compliant.
  • Have clear terms and conditions of established business agreements with suppliers and make sure they are fully met.
  • Limit employees access to specific data which is absolutely needed to perform their daily tasks.
  • As the old saying goes, prevention is the best medicine, so it’s for the best to have a crisis management plan in place and use it accordingly.
  • In case of a supply chain attack, ensure employees are trained to follow the company’s policy and procedure and lower the impact of data breaches.

These main cybersecurity threats will challenge healthcare organizations/institutions to find the best defense and protect patients and employees the most valuable data.

It’s worth reminding that the costs of these cyber threats in healthcare are too expensive to be ignored, so organizations need to allocate wisely budget for cybersecurity, educate employees with security in mind, and know the importance of securing health data.

During an interview for DefCamp 2018, Jelena Milosevic, Pediatric nurse and Independent researcher, emphasizes the importance of building a safe and secure environment in healthcare:

“Healthcare without (basic) security is like surgery without sterile instruments / The operation was (technically) a success, but the patient died from sepsis.”

Have you applied any of these security measures? Do you have others we should add? What about the security threats targeting healthcare? What else should we include in the list? Let us know, we’d love to know your thoughts!

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Here are The Internet Security Blogs You Should Follow Today [Updated 2018]

If you are concerned about your online security (and you should), it’s essential to know which are the best cybersecurity blogs that could help you stay informed about the most recent trends in the threat landscape.

The question then arises: Where can you find the best security blogs to learn and to gain more knowledge in the cybersecurity field? What security experts to follow so you can stay abreast of changes in this industry and how to better protect your digital assets? How can you make the difference between the real experts and the false ones?

That’s why we want to help and we’ve put together this list with all the cybersecurity blogs and websites that are worth following.

We’re aware that it isn’t perfect and will never be, so we’ll continue to keep this list updated as much as we can. There are probably so many other security blogs and experts that we have not included. More and more are launching every day.

Can you tell what other blogs should we add to this list and what you think about the current ones?

From small, independent researchers and experts, to the big names: security vendors, media giants, organizations or cybersecurity communities and organizations. The main criteria were how much can we benefit from their insights and knowledge.

Therefore, if you need best practices, how-to articles, online safety research or the latest security news and insights from researchers, start with this guide. Feel free to bookmark our article and access the following blogs/websites whenever you feel it’s necessary.

CYBER SECURITY BLOGS TO FOLLOW

1. Krebs on Security

Brian Krebs is the man behind Krebs on Security. Being hacked himself in 2001, he starts to be personally interested in online security. He’s one of the most-known names in today’s security landscape. Krebs covers topics from the latest threats, privacy breaches, and cyber-criminals, as well as major security news and alerts. He’s also a book author.

2. Schneier on Security

Another cybersecurity blog that is worth reading on a daily basis is the one belonging to Bruce Schneier which is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He wrote books, hundreds of articles, essays and security papers on cybersecurity. At the same time, he is a known figure in the media.

The press recognizes him as an important voice for online security, not only for his knowledge on the matter but also because of how he expresses his opinions.

3. Tao Security

Tao Security is run by Richard Bejtlich, which is an advisor to the security ecosystem for the Treat Stack company and a former Chief Security Strategist at FireEye. He’s also an author of many books on the security topic. He started his career as a military intelligence officer at the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team, Air Force Information Warfare Center and Air Intelligence Agency.

With an extensive background in the cyber-criminal world and familiar with malicious attacks on enterprise networks, he shares his experience on digital defense and network monitoring. Since a great number of network attacks come from China, he is specialized on Chinese online criminals.

4. Graham Cluley

Graham Cluley is one of the most known independent computer security analysts and public speakers. He’s been working in the industry since the early ‘90s. Started as a programmer, writing the first ever version of Dr. Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Afterward, he had senior roles in Sophos and McAfee.

5. Troy Hunt

Troy Hunt is an Australian Microsoft Regional Director and Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Developer Security. He travels the world speaking at events and giving training and advice to tech security professionals. He’s also an author of many top-rating courses on web security.

You surely heard about his project Have I Been Pwned?”, a free service that tells you if you’ve been compromised in a data breach.

6. Security Affairs

Security Affairs is a security blog written by Pierluigi Paganini, an ethical hacker, researcher, security evangelist, and analyst. On his blog, among the articles on security, you’ll also find regular interviews with hackers, useful cybersecurity In 2016, this blog was awarded as Best European Personal Security Blog

7. Architect Security 

This cybersecurity blog belongs to April C. Wright which is a speaker, teacher, community leader and hacker with more than 25 years experience in the information security industry. She teaches others how to use simple actions that can lead to a better and safer place.

8. Dark Reading

Dark Reading is a widely-read cyber security website that addresses professionals from the IT industry, security researchers, and technology specialists. They use their experience and knowledge to provide articles, recommendations, news and information on IT cybersecurity landscape.

9. CIO

CIO is the place where you find news, information technology articles, insights and analysis on major data breaches and online threats that put your online security at risk. Covering multiple aspects of world wide web, it provides in-depth, content-rich information for IT professionals and regular users.

10. CSO Online

CSO focuses on offering users the latest information and best practices in both technology and business, loss prevention, cybercriminal threats, and software vulnerabilities, malware and data breaches and many other useful tips and advice about cybersecurity.

11. PCMag’s Security Watch

Known for his direct and witty style, Neil Rubenking is PC Magazine’s Lead Analyst. He’s the man you have to listen if you search for technical advice on the main security solutions, from firewalls, antivirus, and antispam products to full security suites. You’ll also read in this cybersecurity blog detailed reports and sharp analysis of security programs, which should place him on your follow “cybersecurity blogs” list if you look for this type of information. He has also written several books.

12. Paul’s Security Weekly

This security blog was founded by Paul Asadoorian and brings you a wide range of topics from security news, useful technical articles, research studies to valuable information on hacking and cybercrime through different channels, from blog posts, videos to podcasts.

13. Forbes

This is one of the leading media company in the online environment and provides strong analysis, reliable tools, real-time reports for cybersecurity news and information on the latest online vulnerabilities.

14. SC Magazine

SC Magazine comes in the IT environment with technical information and data analysis to fight the present online security threats. Their site provides testing results for email security, mobile devices, cloud ,and web security.

15. PCMag

Probably one of the most popular tech sites in the software industry, PC Mag offers readers lots of reviews and studies on the latest products for online security. For an objective analysis of a particular product you may be interested in, don’t forget to search for the dedicated article on this website.

16. The Hacker News

It is one of the biggest information security blogs and we recommend following it for the latest resources about hacking, technology, and security.

17. Security Week 

It’s one of those information security blogs you need to follow to stay informed about the latest security news, insights and analysis. You’ll also read opinions and insights from IT security experts around the world.

18. Ars Technica

Probably one of the oldest and top publications on technology. Its editorial mission is to be “technically savvy, up-to-date and more fun” than what was popular at the moment when it was founded.

19. Softpedia

Softpedia is a popular destination for software downloads but also covers tech topics and news. It was founded in 2001 by SoftNews NET SRL, a Romanian company.

20. The Last Watchdog 

It is one of those security blogs founded by the Pulitzer-winning journalist Byron V. Acohido which is a respected cybersecurity influencer, and The Last Watchdog is considered to be one of the top cybersecurity blogs. You’ll find personal opinions on cybersecurity, Q&A, useful podcasts or videos. 

21. Wired

One of the classical American online magazines reporting on technology and its role in culture, economy and politics, Wired approaches various topics on online privacy, cybercriminal threats, systems security and the latest security alerts.

22. Motherboard Vice

Vice’s Motherboard is an online magazine dedicated to technology, science, and humans. Lots of the data breaches in the past years were firstly announced by Motherboard and you should follow it.

23. Mashable

Mashable is a global media company, founded in 2005. They aim to be the leading media company for the Connected Generation and the voice of digital culture. We recommend following their cybersecurity category to read about all the latest news related to this field.

24. Techcrunch

TechCrunch is another leading media company focused on technology and breaking tech news, founded in the same year as Mashable and owned by AOL.

25. IT Pro Portal

It Pro Portal is one of the first tech websites from the UK, launched in 1999 and has grown to become one of UK’s leading resources on technology information. Here you’ll find tech products reviews, market analysis, cyber security news and many more.

26. Privacy Paradox from Lawfare

When law meets privacy – this is how we’d sum up “Privacy Paradox”, the subsection of The Lawfare Blog. Its authors take an unorthodox look at the law and policy of contemporary privacy.

27. The Register

The Register is another top online tech publication, with more than 9 million monthly unique visitors. You’ll find here independent news, views, and reviews on the latest in the IT industry and its security section brings the latest news from the industry.

28. TechRepublic

TechRepublic provides large resources for the online industry, such as blog articles, forums, technical papers, and security data. All the valuable information available on this cybersecurity blog will help IT professionals and technology leaders to come with the best decisions on their business processes. There are also useful resources such as whitepapers, eBooks, tools and more.

29. Zero Day

The Zero Day security blog is important for all the people part of the IT industry. This information security blog belongs to ZDNet and you should follow it to stay on top of the latest security analysis, software vulnerabilities, malware attacks, and network threats.

30. The Guardian Information Security Hub

Known for its quality articles on world news, Guardian also provides a section dedicated to information security for both companies and individuals. To stay up-to-date with the most recent articles and news on cybersecurity, make sure you follow this cybersecurity blog.

31. Help Net Security

Help Net Security is a popular independent site, focused on information security since 1998. You’ll find here the latest information and articles related to the IT industry, including experts’ opinion on the hottest topics, reviews, security events, and many more.

32. Techworld Security

Techworld is an industry leader in business technology publishing, published by IDG (International Data Group). The Security section is dedicated to analyzing the latest malware threats and zero-day exploits, including analysis and tutorials. You can find here other important topics and subjects, such as security articles, how-to documents or software reviews.

33. IT Security Guru

It is a site for cybersecurity community which offers daily and breaking IT security news, with opinions and analysis of this industry.

34. Network Computing

The content of the Network Computing cybersecurity blog focuses on cloud technology and enterprise infrastructure systems. Its published articles cover security solutions on how to deliver applications and services for an increasingly large threat environment in the business world, news and expert advice.

35. Infosecurity Magazine

With more than 10 years of experience, Infosecurity Magazine is an online magazine which covers not only security articles on popular topics but is also focused on security strategy and valuable insights for the online industry. You should follow it for its educational approach.

36. SANS Institute AppSec Blog

SANS Software Security provides training, certification, research and community initiatives that help IT specialists build secure applications.

37. Peerlyst

Peerlyst is a community for where cybersecurity professionals gather to discuss hot topics and exchange opinions on key subjects. As part of the community’s mission, the team is “working with people like you to help transcend the fragmented security market and create transparency”.

38. Europol 

While it’s not actually a cybersecurity blog, it is worth following and reading the newsroom section from the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EUROPOL) and stay up to date with the latest press releases, news articles, blog entries, videos, and other content.

39. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) 

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world which was founded in 1999. Its work is mainly focused on ensuring that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. You should read their information security blog for its high-quality content, comprehensive analysis, educational guides, and more.

40. Virus Bulletin

The Virus Bulletin blog is a must-read online source of reference for anyone concerned with computer security and online threat landscape. It covers the latest threats, new developments, and techniques in the security landscape, opinions from well-known members of the industry, and more.

41. StaySafeOnline

This security blog is powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)  organization and is a reliable online source that provides valuable information on how you can stay safe online, how to keep your business secure and many other useful tips and insights on privacy.

42. Security Boulevard

It is the home of the Security Bloggers Network (SBN) and an online community where you can find plenty of useful resources from fresh cybersecurity news, threats and data breaches to webinars, a library of security-related resources, and many other educational resources.

43. Bleeping Computer

Another fantastic resource is Bleeping Computer, a technical support website, and a self-education tool. Do read their cybersecurity guides, forums, tutorials and more.

44. IT Security

Here’s another useful information security resource where you can read about cybersecurity news, insights and experts’ opinions on topics related to the cybersecurity landscape.

45. GBHackers on Security

It is another great online resource where you can read about the latest hacking news, cybersecurity, technology updates, ransomware or malware. There’s also the place where you can find useful online courses and other interesting infosec resources.

46. BetaNews

Here’s another leading source of technology news and analysis you can follow to stay up to date with everything happening in cybersecurity.

INFORMATION SECURITY BLOGS FROM SECURITY VENDORS TO FOLLOW

47. State of Security

TripWire delivers advanced threat, security and compliance solutions to companies. State of Security is TripWire’s blog on cybersecurity and the place where you can read about the latest cybersecurity news, podcasts, videos, and many more useful resources. Multiple authors write on it about the constantly changing landscape of cybersecurity.

48. Naked Security

Naked Security is an award-winning newsroom that offers us news, opinions, advice, and research on computer security issues and the latest cyber threats. The blog belongs to the security company SOPHOS and there are topics from mobile security threats to operating systems or malware articles.

49. F-Secure Safe & Savvy Blog

Safe & Savvy is a cybersecurity blog from F-Secure, a company focused on online content and privacy protection issues. On this security blog you will find plenty of handy tips and tricks on security issues, how to keep your data safe and many other resources such as videos, infographics or reports.

50. Hot For Security

Another information security blog you should add to your list is the Hot For Security which belongs to Bitdefender security company. Bitdefender is one of the leading and most-known companies on online security solutions. On their blog, they cover various subjects related to cybersecurity and privacy, from Internet scams, online spam, and phishing detection, to malware and data-stealing software.

51. Malwarebytes Labs

The Malwarebytes cybersecurity blog includes articles that cover the latest malware threats and cybercriminal attempts from the online world. You can find their articles on categories, from cybercrime, exploits, hacking and malware analysis.

52. We Live Security

We Live Security, the Eset blog, is an online resource for cybersecurity articles and probably one of the best cybersecurity blogs providing a large network of security topics from emerging online threats to zero-day exploits.

53. ThreatPost

Threatpost is an independent news site where you can read a plethora of cybersecurity news and analysis to stay informed and safe, including useful videos, feature reports and many more.

54. Kaspersky Lab’s Securelist

Securelist is a security blog run by Kaspersky Lab which addresses a large audience, providing some of the best security subjects on cyber criminal activities and data-stealing malware. There are plenty of great cybersecurity information you’ll read here from malware, spam and phishing to statistics and an encyclopedia to search for definitions and learn new cyber sec terms.

55. Symantec Blogs

Symantec Blogs is an expanded blogging platform which belongs to one of the biggest providers of security solutions worldwide, Symantec. This information security blog offers users the latest security news, unparalleled analysis from experts on the online threats affecting businesses today,  articles on security threats, online criminals, data-stealing malware, system vulnerabilities and many others.

56. Fox IT Security Blog

Fox-IT’s security blog is a very good source of information on online security, technology news and cybercrime defense. This security blog is owned by Fox IT, a Dutch security firm that works with trusted partners in more than 35 countries.

57. Securosis

Securosis is a security research and advisory company that offers security services for companies and organizations. At the same time, you can find on their security blog some useful articles and insights on how you can better manage and protect your online data.

58. Google Online Security Blog

We couldn’t miss this one from our list! We are surrounded by Google products and services every day, from their search engine to web browser, so it’s normal to include their cybersecurity blog here. It is more than a reliable information security blog; it’s also a reference point on online security and privacy we need to acknowledge. Here you can also read the latest news and insights on how to keep users safe.

59. ZoneAlarm Cyber Security Blog

This cybersecurity blog is from ZoneAlarm, which is one of the well-known vendors of security products providing valuable information on malware defense and online security to protect millions of PC users. Using their experience on malware, this security blog publishes malware alerts, practical security tips and the latest news in the IT industry.

60. McAfee security blog

McAfee information security blog provides the latest tips and techniques from various security experts to keep you up-to-date with the latest malware trends in the online environment.

61. Microsoft Secure Blog

Starting January 2018, this is the place where you’ll find all the blogs from Microsoft. Here you’ll find technical information for Office 365, Microsoft Azure, and Windows, alongside product updates, cybersecurity guidance, industry trends, and more. You’ll also read great cybersecurity stories from the global team of Windows Defender researchers, engineers, and experts.

62. SpiderLabs Security Blog

Investigators and researchers at Trustwave cover the latest technology news on this cybersecurity blog. Gathering information from research and testing, they publish articles and security studies to fight online hackers and cyber-criminal threats.

63. Dell SecureWorks

SecureWorks is a company that provides information security services and became part of Dell in 2011 and branched off as a public organization in April 2016. Their cybersecurity blog provides the latest news and information for IT professionals and users that need to stay up-to-date with online threats and malware attacks.

64. Trend Micro Simply Security

Trend Micro Simply Security information security blog offers expert insights on cloud security, data safety, privacy protection and threat intelligence. You’ll also find research and analysis, and the latest news on cybersecurity industry.

65. ThreatTrack Security

ThreatTrack security blog keeps you up-to-date with the latest innovations and developments in the IT industry, from security exploits to software vulnerabilities and cyber-criminal attempts.

66. Sucuri Security 

This information security blog is held by the security company called Sucuri, which is managed by two highly passionate individuals in this industry, Daniel and Tony. It is a great online resource where you can learn about site security, emerging vulnerabilities, and web malware infections.

67. Comparitech 

This information security blog is from the company Comparitech Limited, which has the mission to help consumers make more savvy decisions when they subscribe to tech services such as VPNs, antivirus and security products, cloud backup, password managers and more. Read their blog to read more about VPN, privacy, information security and more.

68. AlienVault

It is a company security company focused on enabling all organizations to better detect and manage cyber attacks in cloud. Their blog offers cybersecurity fresh news on the latest emerging global threats and actionable advice to simplify threat management and compliance.

69. Sensors Tech Forum

Another information security blog you should add on your list is Sensors Tech Forum, which is both an online security blog and a forum. Here you can read daily PC security news, ransomware and virus removal guides. The Sensors Tech team publishes useful guides that could help users get through the removal process of malware.

70. IT Governance UK

IT Governance is a leading global provider of IT governance, risk management and compliance solutions, with a focus on cyber resilience, data protection and cybersecurity. On its cybersecurity blog you’ll read plenty of useful articles on GDPR, online privacy,  as well as podcasts and toolkits.

71. Quick Heal Blog

This security blog belongs to Quick Heal TechnologiesmLtd., which is a pioneer of antivirus research and development in India. On the blog you will find the latest IT security news, alerts and other useful tips.

72. ScienceSoft Blog

Another security blog that you should checkout is this one from Science Soft, a US-based provider of IT consulting services and custom software development with over 29 years experience in information technology. The blog approaches a variety of security topics from Artificial Intelligence, Penetration Testing, Internet of Things, and many more.

Conclusion

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Here are the Top Online Scams You Need to Avoid Today [Updated 2018]

We truly want to believe that the Internet is a safe place where you can’t fall for all types of online scams, but it’s always good reminder to do a “reality check”. We, humans, can become an easy target for malicious actors who want to steal our most valuable personal data.

Criminal minds can reach these days further than before, into our private lives, our homes and work offices. And there is little we can do about it. Attack tactics and tools vary from traditional attack vectors, which use malicious software and vulnerabilities present in almost all the programs and apps (even in the popular Windows operating systems), to ingenious phishing scams deployed from unexpected regions of the world, where justice can’t easily reach out to catch the eventual perpetrators.

According to a report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Millenials are particularly more vulnerable to online scams than seniors, as shocking as it may seem. The research finds that “40 percent of adults age 20-29 who have reported fraud ended up losing money in a fraud case”.

Here are the findings of a report about financial scams

Source: Federal Trade Commision

For this reason, we need to know what are the most popular techniques malicious actors are using to get unauthorized access to our private information and financial data.

We must not forget their final target is always our money and there is nothing they won’t do to accomplish their mission.

Use the links below to quickly navigate the list of online scams you need to stay away from right now.

Phishing email scams
The Nigerian scam
Greeting card scams
Bank loan or credit card scam
Lottery scam
Hitman scam
Romance scams
Fake antivirus software
Facebook impersonation scam (hijacked profile scam)
Make money fast scams (Economic scams)
Travel scams
Bitcoin scams
Fake news scam
Fake shopping websites
Loyalty points phishing scam
Job offer scams
SMS Scaming(Smshing)
Overpayment Online Scam
Tech Support Online Scams

1. Phishing email scams

More than one third of all security incidents start with phishing emails or malicious attachments sent to company employees, according to a new report from F-Secure.

Phishing scams continue to evolve and be a significant online threat for both users and organizations that could see their valuable data in the hands of malicious actors.

The effects of phishing attacks can be daunting, so it is essential to stay safe and learn how to detect and prevent these attacks.

Phishing scams are based on communication made via email or on social networks. In many cases, cyber criminals will send users messages/emails by trying to trick them into providing them valuable and sensitive data ( login credentials – from bank account, social network, work account, cloud storage) that can prove to be valuable for them.

Moreover, these emails will seem to come from an official source (like bank institutions or any other financial authority, legitime companies or social networks representatives for users.)

This way, they’ll use social engineering techniques by convincing you to click on a specific (and) malicious link and access a website that looks legit, but it’s actually controlled by them. You will be redirect to a fake login access page that resembles the real website. If you’re not paying attention, you might end up giving your login credentials and other personal information.

We’ve seen many spam email campaigns in which phishing were the main attack vector for malicious criminals used to spread financial and data stealing malware.

In order for their success rate to grow, scammers create a sense of urgency. They’ll tell you a frightening story of how your bank account is under threat and how you really need to access as soon as possible a site where you must insert your credentials in order to confirm your identity or your account.

After you fill in your online banking credentials, cyber criminals use them to breach your real bank account or to sell them on the dark web to other interested parties.

Here’s an example of a sophisticated email scam making the rounds that you should be very careful.

An example of phishing scam

Source: News.com.au

Use this complete guide on how to detect and prevent phishing attacks (filled with screenshots and actionable tips) to better fight these attacks.

2. The Nigerian scam

Probably one of the oldest and most popular Internet scam used mostly by a member of a Nigerian family with wealth to trick different people. It is also known as “Nigerian 419”, and named after the section of Nigeria’s Criminal Code which banned the practice.

A typical Nigerian scam involves an emotional email, letter, text message or social networking message coming from a scammer (which can be an official government member, a businessman or a member of a very wealthy family member – usually a woman) who asks you to give help in retrieving a large sum of money from a bank, paying initially small fees for papers and legal matters. In exchange for your help, they promise you a very large sum of money.

They will be persistent and ask you to pay more and more money for additional services, such as transactions or transfer costs. You’ll even receive papers that are supposed to make you believe that it’s all for real. In the end, you are left broke and without any of the promised money.

Here’s how a Nigerian scam could look like:

one of the most common online scamsSource: MotherJones.com

3. Greeting card scams

Whether it’s Christmas or Easter, we all get all kind of holiday greeting cards in our email inbox that seem to be coming from a friend or someone we care.

Greeting card scams are another old Internet scams used by malicious actors to inject malware and harvest users’ most valuable data.

If you open such an email and click on the card, you usually end up with malicious software that is being downloaded and installed on your operating system. The malware may be an annoying program that will launch pop-ups with ads, unexpected windows all over the screen.

If your system becomes infected with such dangerous malware, you will become one of the bots which are part of a larger network of affected computers. If this happens, your computer will start sending private data and financial information to a fraudulent server controlled by IT criminals.


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To keep yourself safe from identity theft and data breach, we recommend using a specialized security program against this type of online threats.

To find out more information about financial malware, read this article. And here’s how you can tell if your computer was infected with malware.

Another common Internet scamSource: The Beacon Bulletin

4. Bank loan or credit card scam

People can be easily scammed by “too good to be true” bank offers that might guarantee large amounts of money and have already been pre-approved by the bank. If such an incredible pre-approved loan is offered to you, ask yourself:

“How is it possible for a bank to offer you such a large sum of money without even checking and analyzing your financial situation?”

Though it may seem unlikely for people to get trapped by this scam, there’s still a big number of people who lost money by paying the “mandatory” processing fees required by the scammers.

Here are 9 warning signs and sneaky tactics to watch out and avoid becoming a business loan scam.

As regards to credit card scams, a recent report from the Identity Theft Resources Center said that the number of credit and debit card breaches have been on the rise last year. To better safeguard your data and prevent thieves from getting access to your payment card details, consider:

  • Watching your accounts closely and monitor your online transactions;
  • Taking advantage of free consumer protection services;
  • Signing up for free credit monitoring.

Source: ChaffeurDriven.com

5. Lottery scam

This is another classic Internet scam which doesn’t seem to get old. A lottery scam comes as an email message informing you that you won a huge amount of money and, in order to claim your prize or winnings, you need to pay some small fees.

Lucky you, right?! It doesn’t even matter that you don’t recall ever purchasing lottery tickets.

Since it addresses some of our wildest fantasies, such as quitting our jobs and living off the fortune for the rest of our lives, without ever having to work again, our imagination falls prey easily to amazing scenarios someone can only dream of.

But the dream ends as soon as you realize you have been just another scam victim. DO NOT fall for this online scam and have a look at this checklist to see if you are getting scammed.

This is an example of a lottery scamSource: Ripandscam.com

6. Hitman scam

One of the most frequent Internet scams you can meet online is the “hitman” extortion attempt. Cyber criminals will send you an email threatening to extort money from you. This type of online scam may come in various forms, such as the one threatening that they will kidnap a family member unless a ransom is paid in a time frame provided by the scammers.

To create the appearance of a real danger, the message is filled with details from the victim’s life, collected from an online account, a personal blog or from a social network account.

That’s why it’s not safe to provide any sensitive or personal information about you on social media channels. It might seem like a safe and private place, where you’re only surrounded by friends, but in reality you can never know for sure who’s watching you.

Also,it’s better to be a little bit paranoid and protect all your digital assets like everyone is watching. Here’s how a Hitman scam looks like:

7. Online dating (romance) scams

As the Internet plays an important role in our social lives, with apps like Facebook or Instagram we access everyday, it’s inevitable to use apps to look for love as well.

Online dating apps are very popular these days and they are a great way to meet your future life partners. I have actually an example with a friend of mine who was lucky enough to find her future husband on a dating site.

But not all scenarios have a “happy end” like this one, and you need to be very careful, because you never know who can you meet.

A romance scam usually takes place on social dating networks, like Facebook, or by sending a simple email to the potential target, and affect thousands of victims from all over the world.

The male scammers are often located in West Africa, while the female scammers are mostly from the eastern parts of Europe.

Cyber criminals have abused this scamming method for years by using the online dating services. They improved their approach just by testing the potential victims’ reactions.

According to a research published in the British Journal of Criminology last month, the techniques (and psychological methods) used by scammers in online romance scams are similar with those used in the domestic violence cases.

To avoid becoming a victim of these Internet scams, you need to learn how to better protect yourself.

Knowing that hundreds of women and men from all over the globe are victims of this online scams, we recommend using these security tips for defensive online dating, including warning signs that could help you from becoming an easy target.

I would also recommend reading these real stories and learn from them, so you don’t fall for these online scams:

 

8. Fake antivirus software

We all saw at least once this message on our screens: “You have been infected! Download antivirus X right now to protect your computer!

Many of these pop-ups were very well created to look like legitimate messages that you might get from Windows or any other security product.

If you are lucky, there is nothing more than an innocent hoax that will bother you by displaying unwanted pop-ups on your screen while you browse online. In this case, to get rid of the annoying pop-ups, we recommend scanning your system using a good antivirus product.

If you are not so lucky, your system can end up getting infected with malware, such as a Trojan or a keylogger. This kind of message could also come from one of the most dangerous ransomware threats around, such as CryptoLocker, which is capable of blocking and encrypting your operating system and requesting you a sum of money in exchange for the decryption key.

To avoid this situation, we recommend enhancing your online protection with a  specialized security product against financial malware, and complement your traditional antivirus program.

Also, make sure you do not click on pop-up windows that annoyingly warn you’ve been infected with virus. Remember to always apply the existing updates for your software products, and install only legitimate software programs from verified websites.

If you’ve been infected, you can use an antimalware tool such as Malwarebytes to try removing the malware infection or pay attention to these warning signs and learn how to find a doable solution.

Source: Oreganstate.edu

9. Facebook impersonation scam (hijacked profile scam)

Facebook. Everyone is talking about it these days, and the scandal about Cambridge Analytica firm harvesting personal data taken from millions of this social media channel without users’ consent.

It’s still the most popular social media network where everyone is active and use it on a daily basis to keep in touch with friends and colleagues. Unfortunately, it has become also the perfect place for online scammers to find their victims.

Just imagine your account being hacked by a cyber criminal and gaining access to your close friends and family. Nobody wants that!

Since it is so important for your privacy and online security, you should be very careful in protecting your personal online accounts just the way you protect your banking or email account.

Facebook security wise, these tips might help you stay away from these online scams:

  • Do not accept friend requests from people you don’t know
  • Do not share your password with others
  • When log in, use two-factor authentication
  • Avoid connecting to public and free Wi-Fi networks
  • Keep your browser and apps updated
  • Add an additional layer of security and use a proactive cyber security software.

To enhance your online privacy, I recommend reading our full guide on Facebook security and privacy.

facebook-scam

10. Make money fast scams (Economic scams)

Cyber criminals will lure you into believing you can make money easy and fast on the internet. They’ll promise you non-existent jobs, including plans and methods of getting rich quickly.

It is a quite simple and effective approach, because it addresses a basic need for money, especially when someone is in a difficult financial situation.

This scamming method is similar to the romance scam mentioned above, where the cyber attackers address the emotional side of victims. The fraudulent posting of non-existent jobs for a variety of positions is part of the online criminals’ arsenal.

Using various job types, such as work-at-home scams, the victim is lured into giving away personal information and financial data with the promise of a well paid job that will bring lots of money in a very short period of time.

Read and apply these ten tips that can help you avoid some of the most common financial scams.

this is how a financial scam looks likeSource: Makerealmoneyonlinefree.com

11. Travel scams

These scams are commonly used during hot summer months or before the short winter vacations, for Christmas or New Year’s Day.

Here’s how it happens: you receive an email containing an amazing offer for an exceptional and hard to refuse destination (usually an exotic place) that expires in a short period of time which you can’t miss. If it sounds too good to be true, it might look like a travel scam, so don’t fall for it!

The problem is that some of these offers actually hide some necessary costs until you pay for the initial offer. Others just take your money without sending you anywhere.

In such cases, we suggest that you study carefully the travel offer and look for hidden costs, such as: airport taxes, tickets that you need to pay to access a local attraction, check if the meals are included or not, other local transportation fees between your airport and the hotel or between the hotel and the main attractions mentioned in the initial offer, etc.

As a general rule, we suggest that you go with the trustworthy, well known travel agencies. You can also check if by paying individually for plane tickets and for accommodation you receive the same results as in the received offer.

If you love to travel, you can easily fall prey to airline scams by simply looking for free airline tickets. Airline scams are some of the most popular travel scams, and we recommend applying these valuable tips.

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12. Bitcoin scams

If you (want to) invest in Bitcoin technology, we advise you to be aware of online scams. Digital wallets can be open to hacking and scammers take advantage of this new technology to steal sensitive data.

Bitcoin transactions should be safe, but these five examples of Bitcoin scams show how they happen and how you can lose your money.

The most common online scams to watch out for:

  • Fake Bitcoin exchanges
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Everyday scam attempts
  • Malware

Here’s how you can spot a Bitcoin scam and how to stay safe online.

Source: Express.co.uk

13. Fake news scam

The spread of fake news on the Internet is a danger to all of us, because it has an impact on the way we filter all the information we found and read on social media. It’s a serious problem that should concern our society, mostly for the misleading resources and content found online, making it impossible for people to distinguish between what’s real and what is not.

We recommend accessing/reading only reliable sources of information coming from friends or people you know read regular feeds from trusted sources: bloggers, industry experts, in order to avoid fake news.


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This type of scam could come in the form of a trustworthy website you know and often visit, but being a fake one created by scammers with the main purpose to rip you off. It could be a spoofing attack which is also involved in fake news, and refers to fake websites that might link you to a buy page for a specific product, where you can place an order using your credit card.

To avoid becoming a victim of online scams, you can use tech tools such as Fact Check from Google or Facebook’s tool aimed at detecting whether a site is legitimate or not, analyzing its reputation and data.

Cyber security experts believe that these Internet scams represent a threat for both organizations and employees, exposing and infecting their computers with potential malware.

Source: Opportunitychecker.com

14. Fake shopping websites

We all love shopping and it’s easier and more convenient to do it on the Internet with a few clicks. But for your online safety, be cautious about the sites you visit. There are thousands of websites out there that provide false information, and might redirect you to malicious links, giving hackers access to your most valuable data.

If you spot a great online offer which is “too good to be true”, you might be tempting to say “yes” instantly, but you need to learn how to spot a fake shopping site so you don’t get scammed.

We strongly recommend reading these online shopping security tips to keep yourself safe from data breaches, phishing attacks or other online threats.

Source: Originalo.de

15. Loyalty points phishing scam

Many websites have a loyalty program to reward their customers for making different purchases, by offering points or coupons. This is subject to another online scam, because cyber criminals can target them and steal your sensitive data. If you think anyone wouldn’t want to access them, think again.

The most common attack is a phishing scam that looks like a real email coming from your loyalty program, but it’s not. Malicious hackers are everywhere, and it takes only one click for malware to be installed on your PC and for hackers to have access to your data.

As it might be difficult to detect these phishing scams, you may find useful this example of a current phishing campaign targets holders of Payback couponing cards, as well as some useful tips and tricks to avoid being phished.

Source: G Data Security Blog

16. Job offer scams

Sadly, there are scammers everywhere – even when you are looking for a job – posing as recruiters or employers. They use fake and “attractive” job opportunities to trick people.

It starts with a phone call (or a direct message on LinkedIn) from someone claiming to be a recruiter from a well-known company who saw your CV and saying they are interested in hiring you. Whether you’ve applied or not, the offer might be very appealing, but don’t fall into this trap.

To protect yourself from job offer scams, it’s very important to:

  • Do a thorough research about the company and see what information you can find about it;
  • Check the person who’s been contacted you on social media channels;
  • Ask for many details and references and check them out;
  • Ask your friends or trustworthy people if they know or interacted with the potential employer.

To avoid these types of online job scams, check this article.

Source: Drexel.edu

17. SMS Scaming (Smshing)

Smartphones. You can’t live without them in the era of Internet. They’ve become essential for communication, online shopping, banking or any other online activity.

Needless to say the amount of data we store on our personal devices which make them vulnerable to cyber criminals, always prepared to steal our online identities or empty our bank accounts.

Smishing (using SMS text messages) is a similar technique to phishing, but, instead of sending emails, malicious hackers send text messages to their potential victims.

How this happens? You receive an urgent text message on your smartphone with a link attached saying that it’s from your bank and you need to access it in order to update your bank information, or other online banking information.

Be careful about these SMS you receive and don’t click on suspicious links that could redirect to malicious sites trying to steal your valuable data. These useful tips can help you easily spot these types of online scams.

Source: Malwarebytes Labs

18. Overpayment Online Scam

If you are considering selling different items on specialized online sites, we strongly recommend watching out for overpayment scam.

A typically overpayment online scam like this works by getting the potential victim “to refund” the scammer an extra amount of money because he/she send too much money. The offer will often be quite generous and bigger than the agreed price. The overpay (extra money) is to cover the costs of shipping or certain custom fees.

One such story can unfold right now and can happen to each of you. This happened to one of our Heimdal Security team members. After smiling a bit and seeing the method, we did realize that’s a common online scam and we had to share it with you. Also, we included a few security tips and actionable advice to prevent falling prey to overpayment online scam.

Our colleague posted a sofa for sale on a Danish site called dba.dk which is a sort of a flea market online. After a few days, he received a message from a person claiming to be interested in the item and willing to pay more than the price offered, via PayPal account.

Here’s how a scam email looks like in which the malicious person asks for personal information to transfer the money.

Also, here’s the confirmation email coming from the scammer which shows that he paid an extra amount for the sofa, including extra shipping fees and MoneyGram charges the extra fee for transportation.

After that, he also got another email saying that he needs to refund the extra amount of money, including the shipping and transportation charges to a certain shipping agent via MoneyGram transfer.

Here’s how the phishing email looks like that you should be very careful and don’t fall for it:

Follow these security tips to protect yourself from overpayment online scam:

  • If you notice a suspicious email coming from untrusted source or something out of ordinary, you should report it as soon as possible.
  • If you receive a similar email like the one our colleague got, do not transfer extra money to someone you don’t know, especially if he/she wants to overpay. A legitimate buyer won’t do that.
  • Also, do not transfer money to a fake shipping company or some private shipping agent, because it’s part of scam and you need to be very careful.
  • Do not provide personal information to people who don’t show a genuine interest in buying your item.
  • Do not send the product to the buyer until the payment was completed and received in your bank account.

19. Tech Support Online Scams

Here’s another online scam that is common and you need to be extra careful. The next time your smartphone rings and you don’t know the number, think twice before answering. Maybe it’s not your friend on the other end of the phone, maybe it’s the scammer!

According to a recent report “nearly half of all cellphone calls next year will come from scammers”, so we need to learn how to better detect and prevent such malicious actions coming from skilled persons.

Tech support scams are very common and widespread these days. Scammers use various social engineering techniques to trick potential victims into giving their sensitive information. Even worst, they try to convince potential victims to pay for unnecessary technical support services.

These tech “experts” pretend to know everything about your computer, how it got hacked and many other details that help them gain your trust and convince victims to fall prey for their scams.

A scenario like this can happen as we write this, and one of our Heimdal Security team members recently got a phone scam call. While we got amused by the conversation he had with the person pretending to work for an Indian tech support company, we realized it can happen to anyone which can become an easy target.

What happened?

The person, pretending to be the representative of a software company and experienced one, is informing our colleague that his computer got hacked by cybercriminals, and offers to guide him and solve this urgent problem.

With poor English skills, he gives details about the serial number of the computer, and provide guidance to access the unique computer ID, trying to misrepresent normal system as having serious issues. After a few minutes, the call is transferred to another tech representative who informs our colleague that they detected unusual activity going through his computer. He’s been told that multiple attempts have been seen on the PC in which hackers tried to get unauthorized access to his computer.

Our colleague detected this as being scam and didn’t go along with it, but for someone without technical knowledge, it may not be so easy to spot.

You can listen to this call here:

If someone else would have fallen prey for this online scam, things would have gone even further. The so-called tech scammers could persuade the potential victim to give them remote access to the system. To “help” the victim, scammers mention about additional software that are required to be installed and victims need to pay for these software victims, hence, provide credit card details. You can find out more info here

How to avoid getting scammed by tech support “specialists”

To avoid becoming an easy target of these sneaky tech support scammers, we strongly recommend following these basic rules:

  • Do not trust phone calls coming from people pretending to come from tech “experts”, especially if they are requesting for personal or financial information;
  • DO NOT PROVIDE sensitive data to them or purchase any software services scammers may suggest you as a solution to fix your tech problem.
  • DO NOT allow strangers to remotely access your computer and potentially install malicious software;
  • Make sure you download software apps and services only from official vendor sites;
  • Don’t take it for granted when a stranger calls you out of the blue, pretending to have a technical solution for your issues. Make sure you ask for proof of their identity and do a quick research about the company they are calling you from;
  • Always have an antivirus program installed on your computer, and for more protection, consider adding multiple layers of security with a proactive security solution like our Thor Premium Home, which will stop any type of online threats.
  • Have a security-first mindset and be suspicious about everything around you. Also, consider investing in education and learn as much as possible about cyber security. Here’s how you can reduce spam phone calls.

 Conclusion

Since some scams are so well organized and really convincing, and people behind them so difficult to catch, we need to always keep our guard up. Stay informed about the latest scamming strategies.

Have you met some of the above scams while browsing or in your email inbox? What were the most convincing ones?

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Heimdal Security Is Nominated for Anti Malware Solution of the Year

Last year, we were on the frontlines of the massive WannaCry ransomware outbreak, one of the largest, most devastating cyber attacks in history. More than 230.000 computers around the world have been infected with malware and hundreds of thousands of home users and companies were affected.

This made us double our efforts in fighting malware and protecting our customers from cyber criminals’ actions who have switched to more sophisticated attack vectors. 

Thanks to your vote of confidence, we’ve been nominated by Computing Security Awards for the “Anti Malware Solution of the Year” category.

We would really appreciate if you also took the time to vote us for this award. Just click this image and help us reach the top!

We are on the shortlist for Anti Malware Solution of the Year and we want to continue going up because the fight against malware is not over anytime soon.

This report predicts that every 40 seconds a business will fall victim to a ransomware attack by 2019.

Prevention is always the best cure. That’s why we strongly recommend our users to add multiple layers of security to enhance online protection for their digital assets.

It’s also why we do everything in our power to help users understand cyber threats and become more aware and proactive about dealing with them.

In 2017 we joined the global No More Ransom initiative to bring our contribution to the common effort of fighting ransomware, a devastating cyber threat that has caused so much data loss, not to mention financial damage and stress.

We also put together a list of useful decryption tools that can help ransomware victims unlock their data for free.

What’s more, through our security alerts, we try to make users understand how the latest cyber attacks work and why it’s essential to invest in proactive cyber security.

With your vote, we could find an even greater audience, so we can continue offering you truly next-gen security.

You’ll find us nominated under Anti Malware Solution of the Year section and you can cast your vote until 2nd October 2018!

If you’re not a company or not working for one, you can just add “N/A” in the section and the vote will be valid.

Thank you for being here with us.

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Here Are The Essential Security Tips To Stay Safe On Social Media

When you say “social media”, the first thing that comes to mind is fun and entertainment. Social media is mostly about this.

Everyone has a social account on at least one platform. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, we can easily stay in touch with friends and family, share memorable moments of our lives, follow experts from our professional area, or just read the news.

Social media habits may differ from one person to another, but the reality is we spend a lot of time on these networks. This is why we should ask ourselves more often:

“Do we really know how to stay safe on social media and avoid becoming easy targets for cyber criminals?”

Nowadays, privacy and security should be top priorities for us.

In this guide, you will find actionable and useful security tips to help you stay safe on social media.

You will also learn about the best security practices you need to apply to protect your most valuable data.

How to better secure your Facebook account

There’s no doubt that Facebook is one of the most used and popular social networks out there with over 2 billion people using the platform on a daily basis. Who doesn’t have a Facebook account these days?

It is the platform that helps us better connect with friends and family, and keep up with what they’re doing. But it’s also the place where we share a lot of personal information, so securing our online accounts need to be of utmost importance.

In light of the recent scandal between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook that involved a massive amount of personal information of about 50 million Facebook users, it raised lots of questions on how data is controlled and managed by this platform. I want to believe it was actually a wake-up call suggesting that privacy and security should have serious attention from us.

Follow these basic security tips so you can stay safe on the platform:

  • Do not share your password with others and make sure you always set a unique and strong one. Use this security guide that will teach you how to easily manage passwords like a pro and keep malicious actors away.
  • If you’ve logged in from a different computer/device you’ve shared with others, remember to always log out and don’t check “Keep me logged in”
  • Use two-factor authentication feature which can be activated by clicking the Setup button from Settings. Confirm this action by enabling it and re-enter your password, and then you will receive an email or a code via your mobile phone saying that two-factor authentication has been activated
  • Strongly advise you to accept friend requests from people you know in real life, or at least, verify if you have a few friends in common. There are many Facebook fake accounts used by malicious people who might spam or impersonate you
  • If you notice something suspicious on Facebook, report it immediately. You can do this here.

If you care about your data (and we know you do), make sure you got all covered in terms of security by reading this useful Facebook privacy and security guide.

Apply these security measures to better secure your Twitter account

I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of this platform and love to tweet :-), look out for cyber security specialists and inspiring people, or read news from people and brands I follow.

Whether it’s for personal use or business reasons, this network is a great option to promote yourself, your company, as well as to reach out to someone and stay up to date with various topics you may be interested in.

We strongly recommend to apply these basic security and privacy tips to strengthen your Twitter account:

  • Always use strong and unique passwords for your Twitter account, and consider choosing a password manager to encrypt and better secure them. This rule should be followed to ensure safety for every social platform;
  • Use two-factor authentication system as a second layer of protection to enhance safety and verify your identity each time you sign in;
  • Activate the option “Protect my tweets” from Settings and Privacy -> Privacy and safety module, if you want to get some control over the info shared and who is following you;
  • Do not click on suspicious links you receive via private messages, because you could be exposed to phishing attacks used by cyber criminals or malicious persons who want to obtain your Twitter credentials or any other personal information;
  • Revise and pay attention to third-party apps that connect to your account, and implicitly have access to your personal data.
  • if you ever connect to your Twitter account from someone else’s computer, do not forget to log out and delete all the data of the browser or app.

We have a dedicated article on how you can secure your Twitter account in 10 basic steps that we recommend to check out so you can be one step ahead of scammers.


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Privacy and security tips for your LinkedIn account

LinkedIn, the largest professional social network has more than 562 million users and is focused on bringing together professionals from all over the world. It keeps you connected with people you’ve worked or with whom you want to collaborate at some point in the future. It is also the place where you can find freelance projects, and, why not, your future dream job, could be one click or message away 🙂

Given the increase of phishing attacks which are still one of the most widespread and effective methods used by cybercriminals, it is essential to be aware of these scams on LinkedIn too. You don’t want to see your sensitive data exposed out there, right?

Follow these pro security tips to boost your LinkedIn security and privacy today and keep your data away from prying eyes:

  • Do not use generic and easy to crack passwords such as “Abcd123” or “Password123” like the Western Australian government employees did, because malicious actors can easily break them. Secure them by using a password manager that generates complex and unique passwords, and stores them in an encrypted database.
  • Choose wisely what information you share in your public profile and limit the data you make visible by reviewing and editing your sensitive data.
  • Have a look at those third-party apps you authorized to connect to your LinkedIn account because they get access to all your data. Make sure you authorize only the trusted ones and remember to deactivate those you are not using anymore.
  • Be very careful about potential phishing messages that might request sharing personal or sensitive information. Don’t! For that, you need to understand how phishing works and this in-depth guide is exactly what you are looking for.

Keep in mind that all our social accounts are very vulnerable to data privacy breaches and other malicious methods. The bad guys will always find creative ways to steal any personal information, including your valuable data from LinkedIn. Do not forget that when you share private information.

Follow these pro tips to better secure your Instagram account

Instagram is the photo and video-sharing social media network where you can explore beautiful places and images. For visual artists, it is also an excellent platform where they can share and promote their work and projects.

However, it is in our best interest to keep in mind the risks we could be exposed to when we share personal information. Especially now that it has become such a popular platform, with more than 1 billion monthly active users.

Security wise, Instagram seems to make efforts to enhance protection for its users. Recently, the company announced its plans to boost security and privacy by adding new security tools: support for third-party two-factor authentication (2FA) instead of traditional text-based 2FA, account verification and “about this account” new feature.

Besides these new security tools, here are some great tips that will help you keep your account safe:

  • Activate two-factor authentication feature as an extra layer of protection for your Instagram account. This way, you are one step ahead of cyber criminals who won’t be able to take over your account.
  • Change your passwords regularly and make sure you use strong and unique ones, so no one can break them. If you want to change it, use these simple steps.
  • Think twice before you give access to third-party apps and revoke access to those you don’t use anymore, appear suspicious or you simply can’t remember them
  • Do not share sensitive data in your photos or captions, because you don’t want to expose personal information to everyone following you on Instagram, especially, if your account is public
  • Don’t reveal your location to others and make sure the service is turned off, especially for the check-ins made at home, at work or while on a vacation.
  • Make your account private, so you can share your photos and videos with people you only approve to see them, like your friends and family.

We have an essential guide on how to secure your Instagram account and increase it, so no cyber criminals and scammers get access to it.

Security tips to keep your Snapchat account safe 

Snapchat is both a social media network and a messaging platform which is more popular among teenagers and young people. According to a new report, analysts forecast that by 2019 Snapchat will have almost 5 million regular users aged 18-24 years, half a million more than Facebook.

Bill Fisher, senior analyst at eMarketer stated:

Many younger social network users are forgoing Facebook altogether in favor of more appealing mobile-first alternatives, such as Snapchat.

Snapchat shows instant messages, photos or videos that are deleted instantly, after they’ve been viewed by all recipients, but oh, snap! “How secure is your data on this social platform?”

Here’s how you can add extra levels of security to avoid seeing your data in the hands of hackers:

  • Enable two-factor authentication feature to make the account more secure and add double security layer when logging in. You can do this using an SMS verification code or an authenticator app. Here’s how to activate it.
  • Do not accept friend requests from people you don’t know, and stick to friends-only. For security measures, Snapchat has the option “friends-only” set by default, which means only those that follow you back can see your Snaps and vice versa.
  • Make your videos and stories posted to the “My Story” section are visible only for people you know or customize them from the Setting menu, but avoid making them available to prying eyes.
  • For more privacy, hide your profile from the “See me in quick add” section which can show your profile to random people who might want to add you. You can disable it from the Settings menu.
  • If you want to keep your Snapchat activity more private, don’t share screenshots or photos of your Snapcodes with others!
  • We keep saying this piece of advice until everyone understands its importance that applies to every online account or service used: Make sure you use only strong and unique passwords for Snapchat too. You don’t realize how easily malicious actors can hack them.

How do you secure your social media accounts?

All of these security and privacy tips may not be new to any of you, but we live in a world of oversharing on social media and it helps remind you how to stay safe on the most important and used networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Snapchat.

Have you applied any of these security measures? Do you have others we should add? Let us know, we’d love to know your thoughts!

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