May 20, 2016
If you are an Android smartphone or tablet user; and, you use the Google Chrome browser (or the native Android Browser), you may want to take a look at (and install) the mobile version of Web of Trust. I currently use the PC version of Web of Trust on all of my computers to help me determine which sites are reputable and which sites are not.
Against what types of online threats can WOT protect you?
Malware & Viruses – Avoid visiting websites that host malicious software, such as viruses, spyware, and adware that can steal your information and spread to other devices.
Phishing – Turn back from malicious links in fake emails, websites and text messages that are designed to fool you into giving away personal information.
Scams – Users ratings warn you when you visit a site that may host any type of fraud designed to steal money or personal information.
Spyware – WOT can warn you when a site has been reported to host spyware, which collects your personal information without your knowledge.
April 9, 2011
If you are looking for love using the online dating and social services, BEWARE! The cybercriminal, posing as your Romeo or Juliet, may in fact be in it for the money.
According the to Federal Trade Commission, scammers, using fake and very convincing profiles, will often use these services to lure those seeking companionship to send them money. This is accomplished by gaining the trust of the online love interest by using the mystique of the internet and getting into the psyche of the person. Let’s face it, when we’re in love, we are gullible and will believe anything.
Typically a warning sign is simply this: If the communication with an online love interest turns toward the subject of “MONEY”, then BEWARE.
What the FTC says to look out for…
- If the online lover wants to leave the dating site immediately and use personal e-mail or IM accounts, then BEWARE. The intent here is to manipulate you further in a more private and personal cyber setting.
- In the online lover claims instant feelings of love, then BEWARE.
- If the online lover claims to be from the United States but currently overseas, then BEWARE.
- If the online lover claims to be planning to visit, but is unable to do so because of a tragic event, then BEWARE.
- If the online lover starts asking for money to pay for travel, visas or other travel documents, medication, a child or other relative’s hospital bills, recovery from a temporary financial setback, or expenses while a big business deal comes through, then BEWARE.
These scammers will work it as long as it takes. As a matter of fact, it is not uncommon for these criminal cyber lovers to have more than one person on the hook at a time. So, BEWARE of that online Romeo or Juliet and in the event the urgency for MONEY crops up, cut the relationship off and report it to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.
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