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IRS Scams: Know How to Avoid Fraud!

IRS Scams: Know How to Avoid Fraud!

Every time tax season rolls around, so does tax-scam season. Starting in January, scam artists (especially online con artists) pose as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Their goal? To fool and defraud taxpayers—in other words, to scare you into giving them your money, your bank account information and your Social Security number. They do it…

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Government Snooping and Censorship Are All Over the Internet

Internet Enemies – If You Live in These Countries, Expect to Be Censored

Your access to the Internet is determined by many factors. Your school or your local library can put limits on websites you can see. However, beyond that, most of us are used to accessing pretty much what we want on the Internet. Some households even put Internet filters on their networks, voluntarily, to prevent access…

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Hackers Learned ‘Do It Yourself’ How did hackers attack Home Depot?

If there’s an open window, a crook will climb in. If there’s a crack in a network’s operations, a hacker will slip through it and find a way to do damage. Individuals and businesses need to learn that hackers are always on the prowl, but large organizations are at greater risk because they have more…

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What is the Heartbleed Bug?

We have two articles on our website about changing your passwords (Change Your Password? and Better Passwords) and why it’s a good idea. Now would be a good time to read it. In April 2014, some security experts discovered something that sent chills down their spines. The software code that’s used to encrypt a majority…

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When Activists Go Online, They Become “Hacktivists”

In 2011, America and the world saw protests as they hadn’t seen since the 1960s. One of the biggest was Occupy Wall Street, which began on September 17, 2011, in New York City’s Wall Street district. Thousands of people poured into the area in an attempt to bring Wall Street’s business to a halt. That…

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7 Scary Things Hackers Can Do to Your Computer

Talk about a bad day: That’s how you’d feel if a hacker managed to gain access to your home computer. Yes, it may seem that hackers primarily attack large companies, but the truth is that they can also target your computer just as easily. Of course, they can’t do anything until they get “inside” your…

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Here Are Signs You Might Have Been Hacked

Hackers don’t typically tell their victims that they’ve been hacked. Most of the time, when hackers gain entry to computers to do their dirty work, they don’t want anyone to know. That way, they can come back another time to see what else they can do or find. Because of that, you might not know…

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Hackers Are Checking-In to Hotel Systems

The hotel industry is being targeted by hackers who are calling hotels and taking advantage of their reputation for excellent customer service. But if you think this story is just about the hotel industry, think again. It’s simply another twist on a scam from the hackers’ playbook…and it can affect businesses and individuals alike. Armed…

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