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Why you should not open phishing emails

Spam the world! Recently a data security researcher known as Benkow found millions of emails and credentials on a spambot server. Your email address, your password, your name, your other online details are probably on that server. So, what is a spambot and why do crooks use them? Or more importantly, why do crooks need huge lists … Continue reading Why you should not open phishing emails

5 ways to recognise a social media Bot

Bots are a big part of the Internet An Internet Bot, also known as web robot, WWW robot or simply bot, is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. Wikipedia Whilst bots may be used to perform repetitive jobs on the Internet, such as indexing a search engine, they often come in … Continue reading 5 ways to recognise a social media Bot

FB advertising and other tired social media habits

It's old news now but for those just catching up, Facebook announced a new algorithm update a few weeks ago. So what? FB does this often, right? Yes but they haven't done this type of update before, well not since maybe 2010. It's time Facebook has decided #ItsTime to clean up the platform. Mark Zuckerberg … Continue reading FB advertising and other tired social media habits

Why your daily coffee can make money for crypto-hackers

Crypto-mining malware is when hackers and fraudsters covertly infect your computer with software to do the calculations needed to generate cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Monero or Ethereum and the fraudsters keep any crypto coin proceeds for themselves. Why did my laptop slow down when I used it in Starbucks? If you join a public WiFi … Continue reading Why your daily coffee can make money for crypto-hackers

Why the Netflix brand hijack is good for small business

Your employees are your most valuable asset. But they can also be the weakest link in your security chain. Often gaps in employee knowledge and cybersecurity are only identified when full-scale problems arise. Small business owners can learn from the 'human error' mistakes of big organisations by training employees to detect and identify cyber dangers. … Continue reading Why the Netflix brand hijack is good for small business

Stay safe online: 3 tips for small business

Think you are safe from cyber attack because you have antivirus software? Think again! Research undertaken by The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman indicates that 22 percent of small businesses breached by the WannaCry and Petya ransomware campaigns were so affected they could not continue operating. The research also states that 60 percent of small business that … Continue reading Stay safe online: 3 tips for small business

How to detect and avoid bitcoin scams

Recently a Perth, Australia, grandfather lost $5000 in a bitcoin scam. He had been contacted by someone who offered him a bitcoin. They had an Australian Business Number (ABN) and a website. Based on this, the grandfather decided it was a legitimate offer. It wasn’t. What does a bitcoin scam look like? Con artists and … Continue reading How to detect and avoid bitcoin scams

5 Facebook scams & hoaxes

All it takes is for one person to fall for a hoax on Facebook and it spreads like wildfire. Facebook scams usually start with the idea that Facebook is either going to start charging you or that Facebook's privacy options are changing. These scams or hoaxes usually include suggesting that you don't share (the hoax) … Continue reading 5 Facebook scams & hoaxes