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.

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.

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.

Final Fantasy creators get hit by hackers, 1.8 million users affected

Popular video game producer Square Enix was suspended in the United States and Japan after a hacker was able to access servers that held data of 1.8 million video gamers. Internet security precautions should be taken by the company to help protect its users after this breach.

Users should protect online money

Online banking users need to be aware of their online surroundings at all times. One wrong move can mean hundreds or even thousands of dollars stolen. U.S. News & World Report suggests online banking customers use antivirus software and other precautions to stay safe online.

Smartphones can be safe for shopping if safety precautions are taken

When using a smartphone for anything involving payments or sensitive information, users should be careful, especially when putting a credit card number into an e-commerce website. Mobile antivirus software could be a good first step, and AARP senior editor Carole Fleck outlined whether it's safe to make purchase on a smartphone.

Most users use weak passwords, report finds

With the knowledge that cybercrime is on the rise, those who surf the internet should make sure they not only have internet security and other protective programs, but common sense should come into play as well. A report by Consumer Reports shows that 75 percent of Americans don't use the strongest type of passwords for sensitive accounts.

SMS spam and targeted financial fraud increasing in the US

As technology moves forward, so do those looking to take advantage of the technology, according to research by Cloudmark. The company said mobile security software could be used to protect users from SMS fraud and scams.