In an effort to help customers, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada has released a number of tips to help people fight against fraud on social media websites, unsecured public networks and more. Internet security is extremely important to keep in mind for both individuals and companies.
According to the TD Canada Trust Fraud Prevention Month poll, 84 percent of Canadian residents are trying to take action against internet security breaches and other types of online fraud.
Surfing a social networking website can be extremely dangerous without internet security tools such as an antivirus program. According to USA Today, there are more phishing attacks and malware then ever on websites like Facebook and Twitter, so many businesses are looking into better protection for themselves.
Hackers often use celebrity sex scandals to infiltrate unsuspecting social media users' computer systems. The cyber thieves will create malicious links and spread them on Facebook and other social networks, which when clicked on, will corrupt users' systems.
With the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, a new set of guidelines for internet security, the Obama administration is looking to give people more control over the way personal information is gathered online. If adopted, the guidelines would also enable individuals to access and change data that is gathered about them.
Those with an Apple iTunes account may be interested to find out that internet security for the program may not be what it should be, according to a report from The Global Mail. The report said accounts are susceptible to hacker attacks and numerous accounts have been robbed since 2010.
Phishing, the malicious obtaining of personal and financial information online under fraudulent pretenses, costs companies a significant amount of money annually.
A new internet security scam tries to get users to click a link in an effort to turn their Facebook profile pink, but security experts warn that the link is faulty and may lead to a compromised account.
Large-scale internet shoe retailer Zappos.com may need to increase the amount of internet security they use after a data breach compromised customers billing addresses and credit card numbers. The websites' discount affiliate 6pm.com reported the breach, but the company said the data breach didnt' affect payment data.
Stratfor, a security think tank that fell victim to hackers within the last month, was targeted once again. Stratfor is telling subscribers that they may be targeted by an internet security breach in the form of false and misleading communications from cyber criminals.
People who access their bank accounts should have antivirus software ready to go either way, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation now warns that an email going around tries to phish personal information from people. The scam says the email is either from the National Automated Clearing House Association, the Federal Reserve Bank or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and has a virus that allows access to online bank accounts.
Last year showed that scammers will go to lengths to get personal information, credit card numbers and more from users. Internet security and common sense should be used, as the Better Business Bureau released their list of the top scams from last year, with the BBB phishing scam at the top.
Credit card information of thousands of Israeli people was released on the internet by hackers claiming to be Saudi Arabian this week. According to The Associated Press, it was a politically motivated attack. This shows that people, no matter where they are, should have good internet security protocol in place. Hackers called on web browsers to make illegal purchases with the cards, according to Israel News.
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.