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Tech: Online security issues

Stilly River Sage 14 Sep 20 - 12:04 PM
r.padgett 14 Sep 20 - 01:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Sep 20 - 03:38 PM
Tattie Bogle 14 Sep 20 - 04:31 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Sep 20 - 12:46 PM
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Subject: Tech: Online security issues
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Sep 20 - 12:04 PM

I looked through the last three years of Tech topics here at Mudcat and don't find one general enough for this topic. I regularly post articles about things going on with Windows updates and bugs, and when Amos was alive and using his Apple devices he would occasionally share Sophos security posts, but this is beyond the machines themselves, this is the phishing and gotcha and trojan ware and malware problems and ransomware and more.

ZDNet posts some good articles, as does Malwarebytes, and CNet on occasion. And there are plenty of other good sources that those of you who pay attention to this might want to share.

COVID cybercrime: 10 disturbing statistics to keep you awake tonight

"Nine out of 10 coronavirus domains are scams. Half a million Zoom accounts are for sale on the Dark Web. Brute-force attacks are up 400%. And there's more. So much more."


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Subject: RE: Tech: Online security issues
From: r.padgett
Date: 14 Sep 20 - 01:55 PM

Yep had some issues personally ~ ensure secure connections and ads on here are suspicious

Ray


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Subject: RE: Tech: Online security issues
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Sep 20 - 03:38 PM

I use an adblocker, which doesn't help Mudcat generate revenue, but it eliminates those ads that people talk about occasionally.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Online security issues
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 14 Sep 20 - 04:31 PM

Every time I use the back button, I get a warning about " Do you want to re-submit this form? It is not secure" - or words to that effect. (I use Norton 360 as my main anti-V program.)


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Subject: RE: Tech: Online security issues
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Sep 20 - 12:46 PM

I see that sometimes with my security software on a couple of sites I visit regularly. The times I pay attention are when following search results to a new location - if it says don't go there, I usually don't.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Online security issues
From: Mysha
Date: 15 Sep 20 - 02:04 PM

Hi,

'Every time I use the back button, I get a warning about " Do you want to re-submit this form? ...'

If you really get that every single time you use the back button, then something is not as it should be (or you have browser habits I'm not used to).

The intended effect is to stop you from entering the same information twice. Browsers have been "improved" to the point where any action can be used to any effect. Because of this, a little police man has been added to your browsing to warn you when your browsing is unexpectedly different from the norm. In this case, the little police man wants to make sure that you're aware you're trying to do the same thing a second time. (If that's not your intention, use the history to go back to a less critical page, preferably to before you entered any information.

Bye
Mysha


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Subject: RE: Tech: Online security issues
From: JHW
Date: 15 Sep 20 - 02:59 PM

I'm no techhead so I never believe or click ads. Scams are devious.
Using VLC player I got a message box saying an update was available, did I want to download. Up popped a security message saying it was a scam, presumably a ploy to get me to download malware.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Online security issues
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Sep 20 - 08:56 PM

If any of you read the article, the points that are germane during the COVID-19 pandemic include:

3. Email scams related to COVID-19 surged 667% in March alone

According to Barracuda Networks, the number of phishing scams related to COVID-19 exploded in March. It probably continued in April and beyond, but we only have March data right now.

These scams work the same as normal phishing scams, trying to separate users from credentials. The only difference is that the emails are using the pandemic to try to push a new set of psychological hot buttons.

Because of so much rushed digital transformation, people are now accepting emails that might not look as formal or professional as before pandemic. And they click on those messages or log into those real-looking sites.

4. Users are now three times more likely to click on pandemic-related phishing scams

Let's add a bonus statistic, courtesy of the Verizon Business 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report. Even prior to the pandemic, credential theft and phishing were at the heart of more than 67% of breaches.

In a test performed in late March, researchers found that users are three times more likely to click on a phishing link and then enter their credentials than they were pre-COVID. Of course, it doesn't hurt that those phishing emails often used words like "COVID" or "coronavirus, "masks", "test", "quarantine" and "vaccine."

5. Billions of COVID-19 pages on the Internet

About three weeks ago, I did a Google search on the phrase "COVID-19" and got 6.1 million search results. Today, the same query yielded 4.8 billion results. Clearly, it's a topic on top-of-mind for many of us. It's also top-of-mind for scammers, because...

6. Tens of thousands of new coronavirus-related domains are being created daily

ZDNet has been tracking the rise in coronavirus-themed domains and has found that tens of thousands of new unique coronavirus-themed domains are being created on a daily basis.

7. 90% of newly created coronavirus domains are scammy

How many of these sites are legitimate? According to the same ZDNet research performed by Catalin, "in nine out of ten cases, we found a scam site peddling fake cures, or private sites, most likely used for malware distribution only to users with a specific referral header."


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Subject: RE: Tech: Online security issues
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Sep 20 - 09:59 PM

Some browsers have that "resubmit form" thing and some don't seem to. I access Mudcat 'mostly' on PaleMoon, (a fork of Firefox) which does sometimes do it, but not always. It was a nuisance, but not a serious issue. I finally signed in on Vivaldi, a Chrome-type browser, but with a better GUI than the standard CHROME.. and haven't seen the notice.

   As to sites with good technical info, Arstechnica is very good.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Online security issues
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Sep 20 - 10:35 AM

I follow that one on Twitter, but don't get over to Twitter as often as I used to. This is a good day to do that, since it is an informal "boycott Facebook and Instagram Day" today.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Online security issues
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Sep 20 - 04:28 PM

I have a couple of friends who need their computers cleaned out and scanned. Has anyone attempted this via remote desktop?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Online security issues
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Sep 20 - 05:33 PM

All I have is one rule, if I am enticed to click on a new site I don't.
From now on :^\


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