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  • Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nothing, it would seem, is secure or safe from prying "cyber-eyes."

    Be aware, be alert, and make informed decisions on what app, what software, what firm you use...Learn how to mitigate the risk - both the inherent risk and the residual risk.

  • Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Listen, learn, and take the appropriate action!! Nothing in the cyber-world seems to be as it/they says it is...

    The fact that the CIA, and of course other state actors, have been snooping on foreign governments (and no doubt corporations,organizations, and maybe even you) since the 1970s should lead us to question integrity and ethics of just about any government or any organization. Nothing, it would seem, is as it is stated. The decision on including "foreign" manufacturers in upcoming infrastructure improvements should be an easier decision based on these discoveries...but that is not the end of the question by any means.

  • Sunday, February 16, 2020 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    According to Kasperksy Labs: "The corona virus, which is currently hotly debated in the media, has been used as a bait by cyber-criminals.

    So far, we’ve only identified ten unique files, but since this type of activity is common to popular media topics, we expect this number to increase. As people continue to worry about their health, fake documents that are said to educate them about the corona virus may be spreading more and more malware.“

    The BOTTOM LINE
    DON'T Download, Click-On or OPEN any attachment received in unsolicited, unexpected, unknown-sender emails...including .pdf, .mp4, .docx, or really anything else...

    AND make sure you have an "off-line" backup of all your files that you regularly update."

  • Sunday, February 16, 2020 12:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Listen to this segment of The Current, a CBC radio program on port-out fraud:
    https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-63-the-current/clip/15758441-port-out-fraud
    Scroll down and click on "Continue" and then click on "Play Segment"

    Ways to mitigate risk and protect yourself from phone porting:

    1. Have a pin: Make sure you have a phone pin with your cellphone provider. Call and confirm you have one set up. Be unique: Make your cellphone company pin code unique from other pin or common numbers (like your debit card pin, year of birth, year of child’s birth).

    2. Stay aware: if you see suspicious text and/or email verification requests, contact the company associated immediately to confirm it is not you making that request.

    3. Don’t communicate: if someone or a company calls or texts you requesting personal information, do NOT give it to them. If you are not sure if the call is legitimate, search online for the company number, hang up the call (and make sure the line has been disconnected or use another phone) and call back the company directly using the contact information you have found online. If they are legitimate, you should know who they are.

    4. Keep private: Do not share answers to security questions on your social media, write out any part of your social security number or provide any info publicly that allows someone to gather to con the phone company.
  • Sunday, February 16, 2020 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCMP Press Release:
    http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/news/2020/rcmp-arrest-scammers

    CBC Marketplace is reporting on the recent actions of the RCMP in tackling the online and phone scams.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2QZT89aRCs&feature=youtu.be

    BEWARE.
    *******NEVER send money to anyone.********

    Government Agencies in Canada do not call you up and ask for money.
    They do not ask you to buy iTunes Cards and give them the numbers!!

    IT Tech Scams...
    Microsoft or Apple do NOT call you up about an infected device.
    If you need service, contact Microsoft or Apple through their support numbers found on their own sites...Be prepared to pay a reasonable fee for a repair. Trying to get something inexpensive could cost you BIG dollars in the long run.

    Do NOT use Google or other search engines on the internet to find repair support. Talk to your local mobile phone company (the one from whom you bought your phone and have your mobile service...OR, the manufacturer of the device (e.g., Asus, HP, Acer, etc.) using the contact information found in the documentation you received when you bought your device.

    **If you get a call like this...HANG UP....Make sure the line is still not open before you dial...Report it to your local police department.**

  • Wednesday, February 05, 2020 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "This article attempts to explore the emergence of the virtual equivalent of correspondent networks and explains the implications and possible solutions for anti-money laundering professionals..."

    Nested Cryptocurrency wallets & correspondent exchanges

  • Wednesday, February 05, 2020 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Sadly, cyber crooks love a crisis, because it gives them a believable reason to contact you with a phishing scam..."

    Just DELETE it.
    DON'T Click on any LINKS!
    DON'T respond...

    Scam: Coronavirus "Safety Measures" Email

    What to do?

    • Never let yourself feel pressured into clicking a link in an email. Most importantly, don’t act on advice you didn’t ask for and weren’t expecting. If you are genuinely seeking advice about the coronavirus, do your own research and make your own choice about where to look.
    • Don’t be taken in by the sender’s name. This scam says it’s from “World Health Organization”, but the sender can put any name they like in the From: field.
    • Look out for spelling and grammatical errors. Not all crooks make mistakes, but many do. Take the extra time to review messages for telltale signs that they’re fraudulent – it’s bad enough to get scammed at all without realising afterwards that you could have spotted the fraud up front.
    • Check the URL before you type it in or click a link. If the website you’re being sent to doesn’t look right, stay clear. Do your own research and make your own choice about where to look.
    • Never enter data that a website shouldn’t be asking for. There is no reason for a health awareness web page to ask for your email address, let alone your password. If in doubt, don’t give it out.
    • If you realize you just revealed your password to imposters, change it as soon as you can. The crooks who run phishing sites typically try out stolen passwords immediately (this process can often be done automatically), so the sooner you react, the more likely you will beat them to it.
    • Never use the same password on more than one site. Once crooks have a password, they will usually try it on every website where you might have an account, to see if they can get lucky.
    • Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) if you can. Those six-digit codes that you receive on your phone or generate via an app are a minor inconvenience to you, but are usually a huge barrier for the crooks, because just knowing your password alone is not enough.
  • Wednesday, February 05, 2020 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "SMS messages are short and simple, with no room for “Dear Sir/Madam”, so people don’t expect to be greeted by name; there are usually few pleasantries or polite words; and there’s no need for fancy layout, icons, fonts or other typographical and artistic details.

    As a result, crooks can create believable fakes, with no obvious mistakes, fairly easily..."

    PayPal SMS Scams

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The  Privacy Commissioner of Canada suggests you understand your rights as governments seek to crack down on fraudulent and other criminal activity at border crossings:

    Our Privacy at Airports & Borders


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