Top5scams_photoWith all the coverage on the Olympics, BullGuard has been thinking back on the worst online scams over the last year. And oh yes, there have been quite a few.

 

 

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.

  • Malware

Malicious software isn’t going anywhere. Check out our recent blog about malicious websites.

  • 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.

BullGuard Internet Security can protect you from the latest malware and cybercrime. We beat out big competitors like Norton and McAfee on the AV-Test Labs antivirus protection analysis. Click here for a Free 60-day Trial!

Become a BullGuard Beta Tester!  Test out our new internet security software.

Have you ever encountered a scam? How did you handle it, tell us!

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy (200 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


Leave a Reply


*