A fake PayPal email, claiming that you have limited access to your PayPal account due to unauthorized access attempts, is circulating rapidly. To gain full access, the email encourages you to click on a link and go through the login process to confirm your identity. The email appears to be targeting PayPal customers in the UK, but people from other countries may fall victim to this scam as well. The message is well-written and contains the PayPal logo, making it appear legitimate. However, some of the red flags include spoofed sender's email address, generic greeting, and recipients are asked to provide information by clicking on an embedded link.
Legitimate online services, such as PayPal, will address you by name and not with a generic greeting such as 'Dear Customer' or 'Dear Valued Member.' If you receive an email claiming to be from PayPal with these characteristics, don't click on the embedded link. Clicking on the link will direct you to a spoofed PayPal login page that will record your login credentials. After your credentials are recorded, you will be directed to another phishing page where you're asked to enter your contact and credit card information. This data is then forwarded to the cybercriminals who will have the information needed for identity theft, credit card fraud, and PayPal account hijacking attacks.
To be safe, always login to your PayPal account by entering PayPal's address into your browser's address bar.
The excitement of the holiday season and the ease of online shopping have many cybercriminals looking for opportunities to steal your personal information while you shop online. Follow these tips to help you keep safe from cyber scammers:
- Always shop from reputable e-commerce sites. Stay away from sites you're not familiar with, and always look for a lock symbol and "https" at the beginning of the URL to confirm that the site uses encryption.
- As described in the 12 Cyber Scams of Christmas, avoid deals that seem too good to be true because they usually are. Look for signs that an email or website may not be legitimate, such as the use of poor grammar, odd links, and low resolution images.
- Don't click on email links from senders you don't know. These links may redirect you to malicious websites.
- Always use a trusted antivirus solution, such as McAfee LiveSafe.
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Recent Android malware outbreaks have exploited Android devices in a variety of ways. On November 13, 2013, McAfee and Samsung announced that McAfee VirusScan will come pre-installed on all Samsung HomeSync boxes. McAfee VirusScan will provide users with a secure, in-home digital entertainment experience and will protect users from the latest Android malware threats at no extra cost. This is a great add-on, especially with the rise of online scams due to the holidays.
McAfee VirusScan is an anti-malware application that protects your device from viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malicious attacks. With VirusScan, Samsung HomeSync users will enjoy their entertainment and TV experience in a secure environment. In addition to the fee VirusScan app, HomeSync will provide consumers with an option to upgrade to McAfee's comprehensive mobile solution, McAfee Mobile Security, at $29.99 for a 12-month subscription.
CorporateCarOnline, a limousine software company, has been hacked and nearly 1 million customer data has been breached. Stolen data includes credit card numbers, expiration dates, and names and addresses associated with the credit cards. Some of these cards belong to politicians and celebrities and contain high- to no credit limit.
The stolen files included detailed pick-up and drop-off information, such as:
- Donald Trump -- request for a new car with clear front seat
- LeBron James -- pick-up at athlete entrance at Thomas & Mack sports arena
- Tom Hanks -- No cell/radio use with passenger
The stolen files also include embarrassing information of what took place in the vehicles, including sex, vomiting, and illegal drug use.
CorporateCarOnline's website uses ColdFusion, an outdated web application development platform which has been heavily targeted by cybercriminals.
McAfee's Chief Technology Officer, Raj Samani, emphasized the vulnerability of customer information even when practicing strong username and password usage. "You can do anything you want, but in many cases you entrust your data with multiple third parties, and it's out of your hands," he said.
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Securing your Android mobile device from security threats can be a little overwhelming. You first must decide if you want to purchase an antivirus application or if you want to download a free alternative. If you're uncertain if you want to buy or download a free security app, I recommend ESET Mobile Security as it offers both a free version and a premium version.
ESET Mobile Security for Android is a must-have for anyone who owns an Android device. ESET Mobile Security provides protection and enhancements in the following categories:
- SMS & Call Filter
- Usability Improvements and Tablet Support
ESET Mobile Security Free Version includes Antivirus and Anti-Theft protection. For more information on the free version, click here.
ESET Mobile Security Premium provides all features included with the free version. In addition, the premium version includes Anti-Phishing and SMS & Call Feature protection. To learn more about the premium version, click here.
Depending on your security needs, ESET Mobile Security will keep you Android device safe from malware threats. If you're looking for a PC security solution, you have options between regular antivirus programs and Internet security applications.
With malware threats on the rise, you must ensure your PC is safe from the latest malware trends. Threats are abundant with information systems. One nasty virus can cripple your machine, steal your personal information, and infect other devices. Protecting your computer from malware is perhaps the most important aspect of computer ownership. If you're looking for a solid antivirus solution, F-Secure has two options to consider:
- F-Secure Anti-Virus -- provides real-time protection against the latest malware threats, including viruses, spyware, and infected e-mail attachments. For more information on F-Secure Antivirus, click here.
- F-Secure Internet Security 20014 -- provides everything included with F-Secure Anti-Virus. Additional features include browsing protection, banking protection, content blocker, browsing time limits, safe search, and safe profile. To learn more about F-Secure Internet Security, click here.
Depending on your security needs, F-Secure is a proven solution that will keep your PC safe from malware threats. If you're looking for mobile device security solutions, you have options between free and premium applications.
Securing your mobile devices from security threats can be a little overwhelming. You first must decide if you want to purchase an antivirus application or if you want to download a free alternative. You also need to consider what antivirus applications are compatible with your device. Not all applications are compatible for both iOS and Android. However, if you're looking for a solution that will protect these two operating systems, then you should look into Norton's Mobile Security solution. Some of Norton's features are:
- Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 113,126 users (Google Play), Norton Mobile Security protects your Android and iOS mobile devices from theft, loss, malware, and viruses. Norton Mobile Security scans your apps for malware threats and privacy risks.
- Key Features: Norton Mobile Security uses SMS text to remotely lock your lost or stolen phone. In addition to app scanner, Norton Mobile Security scans your SD card for vulnerabilities.
A continuous debate when dealing with mobile devices such as smartphones and tables is which antivirus solution provides the most protection. Furthermore, should you purchase an antivirus solution or should you chose an alternate one?
If you're looking for a free security solution for your Android device, avast! Mobile Security is a solid choice. The following is a quick view of avast! Mobile Security:
- Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 304,770 users (Google Play), avast! Mobile Security keeps your Android mobile devices save from malware and helps locate your lost device through a web-based phone locater feature.
- Key Features: avast! Mobile Security features include Web-based Phone Locate, Remote Device Lock and Memory Wipe Anti-theft Component, Network Meter, App Manager, and Firewall.
avast! Mobile Security comes with rich features that will enhance your security for your Android device. If you want to learn more about the core features, click here. To learn more about avast! Mobile Security's advance features, click here.
Recent Android malware outbreaks have exploited Android devices in a variety of ways. The following Android malware attacks have affected users in the past several months:
- Hidden Device Admin App -- A Hidden Device Admin app is an infected application that installs itself with administrator privileges. The app hides itself and you wouldn't know if this was installed on your device. You can't remove the app because you simply don't know that it's there.
- Android Master Key Exploit -- This exploit allows a malware creator to spoof the digital certificate of an Android app. Consequently, an attacker can create a Trojan app that mimics a legitimate app.
- Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail Fake App -- The Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail Trojan horse app was discovered by McAfee Mobile Security. This Android Trojan horse hides within a pirated copy of the Jay-Z app.
You should always be cautious about the apps you download and install on your device. You can take the following preventive measures for installing infected apps:
- Only download from a reputable app store, such as Google Play or Amazon Appstore.
- Glance at app reviews -- People will often rate an infected app poorly and will usually warn others through the app reviews.
- Avoid downloading unofficial apps -- It's always safer to install official apps from an official app store.
- Use strong antivirus protection such as McAfee Mobile Security.
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McAfee's newest mobile security application, McAfee Mobile Security, protects your Android smartphone or tablet from the latest malware threats. Recent Android attacks have affected many Android users. With McAfee Mobile Security, you can protect yourself from attacks that include:
McAfee Mobile Security provides the following features for Android users:
- Locate and track device -- If you misplace your device, you can locate it on a map and send a text to prompt its return.
- Device alarm/scream
- Remote lock and wipe -- If you're device is lost or stolen, you can protect your privacy by remotely deleting your data on your device and SD card.
- Backup and restore -- You can backup your data on demand or set your backup process on a specific schedule. Use your backup to restore your data on a new device.
- Manage your security in the cloud -- You can manage your mobile security through a web portal or by SMS text using any smartphone or tablet.
Click here to learn more about McAfee Mobile Security, including a review, full list of features, and premium and basic packages.