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The Scams by Generation Will Surprise You

Roll back the clock forty years ago, and the senior citizens of that day were likely the most targeted age group. Today, however, technology and societal interaction has changed that.

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What’s a Burner Number and Why Do You Need One?

In today’s digital world, when you never know who could be watching your activity online. You may wonder how to best keep your information safe. One way to stay relatively anonymous is with a temporary phone number or burner number. When you consider how often you use your phone number to sign up for online…

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How Everyday IT Tools Can Offer ‘God Mode’ to Devilish Hackers

SO, if you geek out on Mr. Robot even half as much as we did, it’s pretty amazing to consider how art imitates life — and how life imitates art. In the premiere of season 2 of Mr. Robot, the society hackers made good on their threat to bring down the evil E Corp. With…

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Social Media Scams: How Dangerous Is It to Add Random People?

Social media scams are all too common. According to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), people reported in the first six months of 2020 losing a record high of $117 million to scams that began on social media. These scams can vary in type, but many of them start with sending an unsuspecting victim a…

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Bank Scams and How to Avoid Them

Some of the most common scams involve going after your money. Fraudsters have invented a myriad of ways to either get money from you or get you to hand over your bank or credit card information. Bank and financial scams target everyone, from university students to senior citizens.  Know which bank scams you may come…

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Tax ID Theft and the Latest IRS Scams to Look Out For

Criminals will stop at nothing to try and steal your money, including impersonating government agencies. IRS scams are some of the oldest in the scam artist’s playbook, and they’ve only grown more sophisticated in the digital age. But because everybody has to deal with the IRS, these types of scams have become well-known and you…

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How Do Encrypted Messaging Apps Work?

Encrypted messaging apps like Signal, Telegram, and WhatsApp make sending and receiving messages more secure. But how do these apps work? Which features make them more secure, and should you start using one? Let’s look at what’s behind encrypted messaging apps so you can decide for yourself — are they worth it? What is end-to-end…

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Prevent Identity Theft This Holiday Shopping Season

The holidays provide a good time for you to take steps to prevent identity theft. These are basic precautions that important year-round. And they’re especially important during the busiest season for families, shoppers and cybercriminals.

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