Hi Mum, WhatsApp Scam Threatens Users

Security experts warn about a WhatsApp scam that presents a significant and immediate threat, potentially handing hackers complete control over your account. WhatsApp, a widely used social media platform, has become a prime hunting ground for scammers who employ sophisticated tactics, including sending deceptive messages and soliciting money. One particularly cunning scheme involves sending messages like…

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Unwind Securely: Safeguard Your Digital Footprint on Vacation

Contacting friends and family would be much more difficult without the internet and social media platforms. After all, we can enjoy several significant moments online, protected behind our screens. Online connections have enabled us to remain in touch, never missing a minute, whether attending your friend’s virtual wedding or watching your favourite cousin’s newborn take…

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Holiday Hacks: Protecting Your Browser Amidst Festive Cyber Fervour

As the holiday season approaches, digital transactions transform into a bustling marketplace blending festive cheer with lurking cyber threats. Amidst the joyous celebrations, it’s paramount to fortify our digital defences beyond the conventional cues of cyber intrusion. Here, we delve deeper into safeguarding your website browser, unveiling lesser-known threats often lurking beneath the surface. As…

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The Elusive Tactics of Star Blizzard

A shadowy group of hackers has emerged onto the global stage, orchestrating a sophisticated global spear phishing attack reportedly linked to the Kremlin. Known under an array of pseudonyms—Star Blizzard (formerly SEABORGIUM), Callisto Group, TA446, COLDRIVER, TAG-53, and BlueCharlie—this clandestine unit employs a cunning strategy. Their method? Covertly embedding seemingly harmless links within legitimate websites…

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Unveiling the Digital Grinch: Fake Affiliate Scams, Giveaways, and Followers

As the holiday spirit blankets social media, lurking beneath are cyber villains wielding deceptive tactics. Discover the dark underbelly of the festive season: affiliate scams infiltrating platforms with stolen credentials, baited fake giveaways masquerading as gifts, and the rise of counterfeit followers.  These schemes, designed by digital impostors, prey on our trust and eagerness. Unwary…

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Holidays and Hackers: Staying Protected Amid Festive Cyber Risks

The holiday season, characterized by its spirit of joy, togetherness, and festivities, is a cherished time for many. Amidst the merriment, it’s crucial to remain vigilant against potential cyber threats that tend to surge during this period of heightened online activity.  As we immerse ourselves in the season’s warmth, we must watch the telltale signs…

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Phone Breach Red Flags: Are You Still a Target for Hackers?

Amid the pandemic’s whirlwind, the rush towards remote work spun our lives into an era of mobile maneuvers and an unwavering dependence on our trusty smartphones. Yet, even now, two years down the line, this transformative wave has left a trail of companies caught off-guard by a lack of cybersecurity measures, paving a golden path…

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Rising Instances of Deceptive QR Code Scams

Consumers face an escalating threat of identity theft and data breaches by exploiting Quick Response (QR) codes, an aged technology repurposed amidst the touchless payment trends sparked by the global pandemic. QR codes, known for their black-and-white square configuration readable by smartphone cameras, were introduced in the mid-1990s. Hackers are taking advantage by superimposing fraudulent…

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Don’t Fall for It: The Elaborate Job Application Scam Still Targeting University Students

In the age of digital connectivity, the online landscape offers both opportunities and dangers. Unfortunately, one unsuspecting university student recently became ensnared in a sophisticated job application scam, illustrating how crafty cybercriminals have become. This cautionary tale reminds us to remain vigilant despite enticing job offers that could be cleverly disguised traps. The Perfect Target…

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Exploring the Intricate Web of Fine Print Scams

When was the last time you meticulously scrutinized the fine print of an online agreement before gleefully clicking “I agree” to access premium content or snag a tempting free trial offer? If you’re like most, you might not even remember when. It’s common practice to bypass the fine print, but did you know that lurking…

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Beware of Rental Scams: Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Listings

As the demand for rental properties increases, so does the risk of falling victim to rental scams. Exercise caution when searching for rental accommodation, as scammers have become increasingly sophisticated in their tactics. By altering legitimate ads or creating fake ones, these scammers aim to deceive unsuspecting individuals into providing personal information, security deposits, and…

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Direct Messages: The Whispering Temptress of Online Predators

One enduring passion I’ve held dear is the quest to aid parents in safeguarding their children within the digital realm. In 2016, driven by this fervour, I conceived Internet Safety University – a bastion for parents seeking to fortify their children’s online defences. As we stand on the precipice of another school year, I am…

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Cyber-Safe Living: Navigating the Nooks and Crannies of Smart Home Security

In the ever-connected world, smart home devices have surged in popularity, promising convenience, efficiency, and an enhanced living experience. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), our homes have been transformed by integrating smart thermostats, security cameras, voice-controlled assistants, and smart appliances. Yet, amidst this technological advancement and convenience, the pressing concern of cybersecurity risks…

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Don’t Be a Cybercriminal’s Easy Target: Enhance Your Digital Security Today

In today’s ever-connected world, we frequently hear about hacks, ransomware attacks, and data breaches that leave many people receiving alerts about their compromised information.  For instance, Petro-Points members discovered that an unauthorized party had accessed their basic contact information. Similarly, in February, Indigo experienced a ransomware attack, impacting current and former employees’ data. These incidents…

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Mac Attack: Atomic Stealer Tricks Users with AppleScript Spoofing

A concerning trend is emerging as cybercriminals increasingly target Apple computers with information-stealing malware. One such macOS infostealer, Atomic Stealer, has recently garnered attention from cybersecurity firm SentinelOne. In May 2023, a new malware version was identified, exhibiting more refined and targeted data-capturing capabilities, specifically focusing on gaming and cryptocurrency users. The primary motive behind…

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Amazon Scams Exposed: Protect Yourself from Sneaky Tactics

In a digital world where scammers are becoming increasingly cunning and innovative, protecting yourself from their deceptive tactics has never been more critical. From sophisticated tactics to exploiting advanced technologies, these fraudsters relentlessly try to trick unsuspecting individuals. As an Amazon user, you must know how to spot and evade these scams effectively. So, let’s…

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Beware of Scam Sites: Protecting Yourself from Widespread Brand Impersonation Campaigns

Online shopping has become a convenient and popular way to make purchases. However, with the rise of brand impersonation campaigns, it has become increasingly challenging to distinguish between genuine and fraudulent websites. These campaigns, targeting popular apparel, footwear, and clothing brands, have exploited unsuspecting consumers, tricking them into providing sensitive information on fake websites. In…

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Safeguarding Against AI-Powered Hackers: Four Essential Protection Recommendations for the Average Consumer

With the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence (AI), hackers have found new and sophisticated ways to exploit vulnerabilities and compromise the security of individuals. Protecting ourselves from AI-powered hackers has become more crucial than ever. Fortunately, the average consumer can significantly minimize their risk by adopting a proactive approach and implementing certain security measures. This…

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Long-Term Romance Scams: Unveiling the Deceptive Web of Love

As the plague of romance scams continues to haunt unsuspecting victims, it’s getting worse. In this elaborate scheme, scammers invest weeks, months and even years in building trust, transforming themselves into non-committal pen pals and friendly chat buddies. These scammers are skilled in deception, slowly luring their victims into their traps. The ultimate goal? To…

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Unmasking the even Darker Side of Romance: AI Hackers in the World of Love

In online romance, finding love has become a precarious dance with the unknown. As technology evolves, so do the tactics of scammers and fraudsters. In recent years, a new sinister force has emerged: AI hackers infiltrating the world of romance scams. These sophisticated virtual predators employ artificial intelligence (AI) to deceive unsuspecting victims, leaving shattered…

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Think Before You Pink: The Danger Lurking in the Latest WhatsApp Scam

In the ever-evolving landscape of online scams, a new WhatsApp scam has emerged, targeting Android users and posing a significant threat to their privacy and security. The WhatsApp Pink scam is a cunning phishing campaign that tricks users into downloading a fraudulent application promising an enhanced version of WhatsApp with a beautiful pink interface. With…

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How AI Empowers Everyday Consumers by Safeguarding Against Hackers

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is stepping in as a powerful ally to protect everyday consumers from the clutches of hackers. This blog post will explore how AI plays a pivotal role in safeguarding individuals, ensuring their digital privacy, and enhancing their online security. Robust Threat Detection: Enhanced Email and Web Security: Personalized Behavioral Analysis: Intelligent Password…

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Swiftly Outsmart Ticket Scammers: Protecting Yourself During The Eras Tour 

…or any high-profile tour or event. As the highly anticipated Taylor Swift Canadian concert tour approaches, fans are hunting for tickets. But amidst the excitement, staying vigilant and protecting yourself from ticket scams is crucial. Let’s learn from a cautionary tale and gain valuable advice to ensure a scam-free ticket-buying experience. Picture this: A fan,…

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Protect Yourself from the Terrifying Grocery Rebate Scam: CRA Impersonators Use Phishing Links to Steal Your Personal Information!

The headline above may sound scary, but unfortunately, it is a reality for many individuals targeted by the Grocery Rebate scam. Scammers posing as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are sending unsolicited emails and text messages claiming to be related to the upcoming Grocery Rebate, with a link to click on for more information. However,…

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The Fine Print: What You Need to Know Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

The lure of a free trial can leave you bound by unexpected charges and subscriptions. Social media ads promoting weight-loss pills, anti-wrinkle serums, or muscle-enhancing supplements often use high-pressure sales tactics, countdown timers, and celebrity endorsements to entice you to sign up for a trial offer. However, by accepting these offers, you could be charged…

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Scamming the Scammers: Creative Ways to Turn the Tables on Won Scams

Imagine you receive a message claiming you’ve won a prize, whether it’s a vacation, cruise, lottery, or sweepstakes. The person contacting you seems ecstatic about your winnings and can’t wait for you to claim them. However, be wary of scams like these that are designed to trick you into giving away your personal information or…

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Don’t Let Tax Season Turn into Identity Theft Season

As we embrace the convenience of online tax filing, we must prioritize the security of our personal and financial information. With cybercriminals and hackers constantly on the prowl for sensitive data, the risks of falling prey to online fraud are higher than ever, particularly during the tax season. Considering this, we must be mindful of…

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The Truth About Online Reviews: How to Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Feedback

In today’s e-commerce platforms, we come across incentivized, sponsored, or fraudulent reviews, creating a confusing experience for online shoppers. This problem becomes more complicated when we consider the impact of the volume and sentiment of consumer reviews. Online customer reviews are powerful tools for businesses, allowing them to build trust with potential customers and improve…

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The Amazon Prime Scam You Need to Know About: Stay Safe Online

Amazon Prime, the popular subscription service that offers fast shipping and streaming of music and movies, is being targeted by cybercriminals in a new phone scam. There has been a rise in Prime members receiving phone calls from con artists pretending to be Amazon. The first step in the scam is to determine if the…

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Cyber Attack Alert: How to Stay Safe on Gmail with Chrome

If you have a Gmail account and use Chrome on your PC, beware of a dangerous new attack. The attack involves a fake Chrome browser extension called AF that infects computers and steals data from Gmail inboxes. This blog will tell you about the new cyber attack alert: how to stay safe on Gmail with Chrome.…

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Avoid Paycheck Scams Like a Boss

Paycheck scams are a type of fraud in which scammers target individuals or businesses by offering fake job opportunities and promising high salaries and flexible schedules. These scammers often use phoney job postings on job boards and social media platforms or send unsolicited job offers via email or text. Once the victim accepts the job…

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Don’t Let Identity Theft Take Over: Expert Tips for Protection

Online identity theft is a growing concern. Today’s cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and finding new ways to steal personal information. leading to financial loss, damaged credit scores, and even identity fraud. However, you can take steps to decrease the chance of online identity theft. In this blog, we’ll go over some tips to help…

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Goodbye TikTok? Canadian Government Takes Aim at Popular App

TikTok is a Chinese-based and owned social media app that has gained immense popularity among young people worldwide, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The app allows users to create short videos and share them with others, but there are growing concerns about the cybersecurity risks associated with using TikTok.  Earlier this week, the Canadian government…

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Eight Ways Red Flags Can Keep You Safe Online

Internet safety is always on our minds, and for a good reason. It is an excellent resource for learning, connecting with friends and family, and finding information. It can also be a dangerous place. That’s why it’s essential to be aware of the red flags that warn someone may be in danger online. Some of…

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How older adults can use social media safely

Social media enables us to share information, interests, and ideas with friends and families. Navigating social media is not always easy, but older adults shouldn’t refrain from using it. If you protect yourself and your accounts from common cyber threats, you are ready to enjoy all the positives social media can offer! Protect yourself with…

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How to Stay Safe During Tax Season

Your tax data is a gold mine for cybercriminals. Your taxes contain all the information they need: Social Insurance Number, Record of Employment, family status, and bank account information. So, it’s increasingly important for users to be aware of the potential risks associated with online tax filing. Taxpayers must be especially vigilant regarding their financial…

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Payment app scams are on the rise again

In 2021 and the first half of 2022, banks in the US reported 192,000 cases, or one in ten, of crimes perpetrated on customers using the payment app Zelle. Less than 3,500 clients got refunds out of all those cases.  Venmo, Cash App, and other apps like Zelle make it simple to transfer funds to…

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What are Some Top Scams to Watch Out for in 2023?

These scams are not the only scams to watch out for in 2023—they are what we can expect right out of the gate in 2023. Be vigilant. 1. Cryptocurrency-romance scam Crooks combine crypto and old-fashioned romance scams, posing as Internet love interests to entice their targets into downloading an app and investing in fake crypto…

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Romance Scam that Goes for the Whole Hog

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Backed reportedly by crime syndicates in China, a new romance scam known as “pig butchering” is on the rise, trapping people with long-term health problems, who are older, widowed, and who feel isolated. The goal is to spend long periods “fattening” them with fake love and investment offers, then drain them of their money, the…

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Keeping up with the scams after the holiday season

The holiday season is over, but scammers are everywhere and still prowl after your money. Amazon and other companies have sent emails advising their customers on protecting themselves against scams, yet we can apply the advice to every measure you take online. Below are some of the most common scams, and we need to be…

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Guarding against Website/browser hoaxes over the holidays

As the holiday season draws closer, we must continue looking for the typical signs of being hacked. Here are more holiday reminders and how to protect your website browser. Mousetrapping Malicious online marketers entice users to visit malicious websites. Once at the bogus site, hackers can disable your “back button.” You notice your screen fills…

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Staying safe over the holidays

The holiday season is a time of rest, family and celebration. Be on the lookout for the typical signs of being hacked. Here are my holiday reminders. Phishing  It is called social media phishing when a hacker emails you impersonating a reputable social media site. Hackers insist you have an urgent “account issue” waiting for…

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Romance scams in 2023 expected to explode

In 2021, 323 million people used dating apps or dating sites to meet new people. But, over 8,000 competitive online dating sites and platforms worldwide also attract romance scammers. And with more love-seekers expected to use dating sites over the holidays, 2023 could be an explosive and profitable year for scammers.  In Canada, according to…

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Romance scams in 2023 expected to explode

In 2021, 323 million people used dating apps or dating sites to meet new people. Further, over 8,000 competitive online dating sites and platforms worldwide are attracting romance scammers. With more love-seekers expected to use dating sites over the holidays, 2023 could be an explosive and profitable year for scammers.  What is a romance scam?…

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Four top Black Friday scams 

Black Friday shoppers, be vigilant. Hackers pray for those looking to bag a good deal online in 2022.  One of the year’s busiest shopping days is Black Friday, and with more sales happening online, hackers are out to make a profit. The day after the US Thanksgiving holiday is known as Black Friday—a day full…

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Monitoring your children’s online activity

We at Cyology Labs have always said that structured surveillance of your children or teenagers and limiting online time is the key to protecting our children. Yet there are always those who believe tracking, monitoring and checking out their activities is just as feasible. In other words, parents who instinctively protect their kids are being…

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