Internet scam

31 05, 2017

How to Protect Yourself from the Google Docs Scam

May 31st, 2017|Cyber Security, Internet scam, Web Security|

A new relentless scam is flooding the Internet, this time taking the form of a Google doc. Many of us have received an invitation to collaborate on a work or to share documents with, but this new scam is anything but a collaboration. It is an elaborate phishing scam that is aimed at getting your passwords, social security numbers or any other personally identifying information. There is a good possibility that the person sending you a Google doc or sheets invite knows how the system works. One of the safest safeguards you can implement is to ask the person who sent the invite (assuming you know them in some way).  Chances are if you are not at work or part of an organization that requires you to share information and documentation, then it is probably a scam. […]

22 12, 2016

Christmas Time is Here…And so are the Scams

December 22nd, 2016|Cyber Security, Internet scam, Post-Tax season scams, Web Security|

Christmas time is supposed to be a time for festive gatherings, reunions, fellowship and more. The problem is this is a time of year many scammers will be out in full force. This year, they are using Facebook to work their way through the system. Undoubtedly, if you have been on Facebook recently, you have seen pages pop up to do gift exchanges. Sounds fun, right? Problem is these are effectively pyramid schemes. […]

13 10, 2016

Are you being targeted for a cybercrime?

October 13th, 2016|Cyber Security, Internet scam, Internet security, OklahomaWebDesign.com, Web Security|

Undoubtedly, you have heard about the recent Yahoo security breach. Yahoo estimates that 500 million accounts were stolen, “in what may be the largest cybersecurity breach ever.” (CNN Money) The information stolen include email addresses, phone numbers, passwords and unencrypted security questions and answers. There is a measure of comfort in that financial data and information linked to bank accounts were not breached. That fact, however, still does not diminish that the breaches are still happening worldwide through a wide array of cybercrimes and scams. There is an important lesson to learn, it is important for everyone to be vigilant in reviewing all accounts, whether they are banking accounts, social media or email accounts. It is especially important to change passwords and security questions often. It can sometimes become a daunting task to keep passwords updated frequently, but the small investment of time can pay off in the future. […]

11 05, 2016

Why Millenials are Susceptible to Scams

May 11th, 2016|Cyber Security, Internet marketing, Internet scam, Millenial marketing|

New studies show that millenials are the most susceptible to phone and Internet scams. The common assumption was that the elderly generations would be most susceptible. Despite growing up in a digital world, millenials fall into the digital traps more often. While it is true that adults over the age of 55 get more calls from phony charities and tax scammers, millenials often end up losing more of their money – or in some cases their identity. […]

13 04, 2016

Remote Access – A New Old Scam

April 13th, 2016|Cyber Security, Internet scam, Remote Access, Web Security|

When it comes to scams, people will find ways to accomplish their end game. Remote access to your computer or laptop is one scheme that seemingly is more common and even more nefarious than some forms of viruses. With the right kind of software and tools, hackers can easily remote into your computer for vital information. It can start off in many ways. One way is hackers who will remote in on your webcam and verbally assault you or threaten you unless you give them money. Another, and perhaps the most common hackers gain remote access is by you giving them permission. […]

10 03, 2016

5 Ways to Safeguard your Identity Online

March 10th, 2016|Cyber Security, Internet scam, Internet security, Web Security|

Your identity online is every bit as important as it in the physical world. Because of that, there are safeguarding measures that you should follow to ensure your identity is safe and secure. Today, scammers don’t care who you are – they just want your identity and your money. Beyond that, they are some of the hardest people to catch and track. There are several scams that span cyberspace and our the physical world too. […]

30 12, 2015

Beware of tax-related phone scams

December 30th, 2015|Internet scam|

Even though it’s not your typical tax season you might have received a call or know someone that has received a call from the “IRS” saying you owe back taxes or you’ve been audited and owe money. This is a newer tactic based on older scams of the same kind; they are merely deviating from the script – but it is becoming more and more frequent. These scammers will ask you for your bank information to settle your tax debt for a certain amount. (Usually it’s not so large to raise suspicion.) Since November, it has been reported that over 25,000 people have been swindled out of their money out of fear of IRS levies and penalties. There are ways to combat these scammers and they require a level of vigilance on our end. […]

28 11, 2015

The Holidays and Safeguarding your Debit Card

November 28th, 2015|Internet scam, Internet security, OklahomaWebDesign.com|

The convenience of using a debit card is undeniable. It also helps you stay focused on managing your debt so you don’t run up your credit card balance. Debit cards can, however, become problematic because unlike credit cards, there are no protected measures in place to assist you in case your debit card gets compromised. If there are, it can sometimes take several hours to find there has been a problem. Debit cards are always good to have, certainly it’s a better alternative than not having a way to pay for your items. With Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching, it’s especially important to be aware of where your debit card is most susceptible and how to take safeguarding measures against the real threat of hacking and identify theft. […]

17 04, 2015

Malware Attacks: Defending Yourself against the Hackers

April 17th, 2015|Cyber Security, Internet scam, Internet security, Web Security|

Companies big and small have had a hard time defending themselves from cyber attacks and it seems to be getting worse. Attacks can range from small scale to large, but the end result is still the same. Approximately 1 million malware threats are released each day, keeping your business in the crosshairs. Today, thieves are working faster to launch more attacks, in the hopes of gaining valuable information on yourself or your company. Data breaches and directed attacks have grown and of five out of six large companies were targeted. The public has become savvy with the tricks of old, but as the social and political climate change, so too do the strategies these cybercriminals take. Here are some hack ideas to be aware of in regards to new attacks: […]

7 04, 2015

Scam Alert – Website Backup

April 7th, 2015|Internet scam|

This company is portraying themselves as an online backup service is fishing for unsuspecting companies to pay a fraudulent invoice for backup services for the amount of $70.00. THIS IS A SCAM! If you believe you’re a victim of fraud related to the U.S. Mail, report your concern to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service or file [...]