Here are our top five types of internet security threats:
- Phishing and Identity Theft
Approximately 1 in 10 adults in the US have been victims of identity theft, collectively losing more than $30 billion. Because of the vast amount of confidential information that we store online, hackers are still attempting to collect all of it through various phishing tricks.
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- Nigerian Scams
In the past, Nigerian scams consisted of poorly written e-mails announcing a large inheritance. This year, we’ve seen these evolve to advance fee scams, where bogus checks are sent in return for wired cash, and these are also showing up on online dating sites, as requests for airfare. Who knew? These are actually a variation of the Spanish Prisoner con from the 1920’s!
- Lottery Scams
You did not win the lottery. Unfortunately, many still fall for this, and hand over large sums of money as ‘processing’ payments.
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