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Phishing scam targets Apple users

Apple users have been getting hit by what experts have called a "well-crafted" phishing plan, according to International Business Times. An email, which the website said was "well-written and grammatically correct," was sent to owners of iPods, iPads, iPhones and iMacs regarding billing information. Antiphishing software can help users sniff out some of these scams.

Anonymous allegedly hacks website, posts customer information

In the past year, hacking collective Anonymous has shown its power, so it's only fitting that the year ends with another internet security breach by the group. This time, it's being reported that 14,000 user passwords and 8,000 credit card numbers were stolen and posted from SpecialForces.com, a miliary and law enforcement equipment retailer.

Facebook attacks feed fraudulent marketing websites

Fraudulent affiliate marketing websites are getting the benefit of scams on Facebook, according to a new report from Commtouch. These links on Facebook and other social media websites can often spread malware and viruses, so members should use care and equip antivirus software to keep safe on the web.

Young adults more willing to break IT rules

Businesses that employ younger people may have to be on the lookout and ramp up internet security, as a new survey by Cisco shows that seven out of 10 young employees are willing to break IT rules and will frequently ignore IT policies.

How to protect data online

Even after getting antivirus software and internet security, users still need to make sure they are completely protecting their data, according to Neil Rubenking of PC Magazine. If a computer is lost, stolen or broken, data could be compromised in many different ways, he said, so people should hide data as much as possible with an encryption or other program.

Small businesses should have defense against cybercrime

For small businesses, it doesn't make sense not to have an internet security program in place to help defend against fraud and cybercrime. Eduard Goodman, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft 911, told Reuters that there should be a written security policy as well to make sure all bases are covered.

How to fight off a computer virus

If a computer is acting a bit off, Eric Gwinn of the Chicago Tribune's Gadget Q&A blog said it is most likely a virus, so people should take precautions, such as antivirus software, and use steps to fight it off.

Tying in the wrong website address can be a dangerous mistake

People surfing the web know there are risks online, but many don't realize the danger of typosquatting, or creating a website with an address very similar to another popular website. This fake website could be filled with malware and viruses, so people should have antivirus software loaded and ready to go.

2011 saw more healthcare data breaches, higher use of mobile

With an influx of mobile devices and technology in the medical field over the past year, a bevy of data breaches were also seen. Government Health IT said there were massive-scale data breaches in IT areas of healthcare in 2011. Providers should look to shore up internet security in 2012 to make sure nothing bad happens to their business.

Online thieves look to feast on last-minute online shoppers

Those looking for a good deal online for the holidays or post-holidays should be aware and keep an internet security program up and running. AARP Idaho said identity and online scammers will be out in full force to try and trick people into giving them important information during the big online shopping periods.

Increased internet security leads to drop in unwanted youth sexual encounters

Public awareness and internet security may be the keys in helping reduce the amount of unwanted sexual exposure for young children online, according to research from the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center.

How to avoid viruses and malware in social media

After Lady Gaga's many Facebook fans and Twitter followers were hit by a message stating they could get a free iPad 2 but instead were led to a link trying to phish information from them, Hemu Nigam writes on ABC's website that people should be aware of their surroundings on social media. Users should have antivirus software to help protect against malware and viruses.

Lady Gaga social media websites hacked for scam

The internet security of millions of Lady Gaga's "monsters" may be at risk, as her social media accounts were hacked in an effort to get the singer's fans to click on a link supposedly leading to a free iPad 2.

Postal Service said package delivery email is bogus

The U.S. Postal Service is sending out a warning to customers about an email they say is an attempt at phishing, according to The Associated Press. The email is in regard to package delivery and may try to steal information from users. People may want to get good antiphishing software to avoid the traps of emails such as this.