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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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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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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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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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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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

Cyber Attacks - What You Need to Know

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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Sharing special memories and staying cyber secure

Reaching a goal or accomplishment you’re proud of and celebrating it with your loved ones is one of life’s greatest joys. These unique occasions deserve bragging rights, whether you got married, celebrated a birthday, or taught your dog how to give a high-five.  Unfortunately, the internet isn’t always secure when sharing precious moments online. It…

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Backing up your device

Maintaining online security requires regularly backing up your device. The issue? Although it’s simple to say, doing it can be challenging. There are many advantages to backing up your devices. It guarantees you’ll still have access to crucial files, such as financial records or images, even if you lose your device, unintentionally delete files, or…

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Staying in touch while remaining cyber secure

Getting in touch with friends and family would be much more difficult without the internet and social media platforms. After all, we were able to enjoy several significant moments while online, protected behind our screens. How do we stay in touch while remaining cyber secure? Online connections have made it possible for us to remain in…

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Cyber Security Awareness Month: Are you prepared?

I want to begin this month by recognizing Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM), an annual campaign held in October to educate the public about the significance of cyber security. CSAM aims to inform people about safeguarding themselves and their devices with movements worldwide to help people stay safe online.  Cyber-attacks on businesses and consumers are…

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Why and how hackers and scammers pick you

Let’s talk about how and why and how hackers and scammers pick you. You shouldn’t take it too personally because hackers and scammers often create a software script that indiscriminately spreads out to the Internet, searching for specific versions of the vulnerable software.  And if you are vulnerable because you didn’t stay up to date,…

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Canadians still in fear of future cyber attacks

Although Canadians may feel secure in their knowledge of the dangers of the internet, they are unprepared for and still in fear of future cyber attacks.  That’s what a new RBC study on cyber security reveals. While many Canadians (71%) are aware of cyber criminals and their strategies, over half (47%) are concerned that they…

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How to know if your phone is hacked?

Maybe you’ve noticed it, or you haven’t, but phone hacking is rising. It’s not too surprising. The pandemic turned the office worker into a mobile worker, primarily working from the comforts of home, a fast and almost overnight move. The urgency to adapt left many companies unprepared and, in many cases, without proper cybersecurity protection—the perfect…

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The sugar daddy scam

The sugar daddy scam is a growing trend where cash-strapped young women and men claim to be sugar babies. They look for sugar daddies or mothers who will pay their bills. We know this type of fraud as advance-fee fraud, the Nigerian prince scam, or the 419 scam.  Sugar daddies and sugar mommies usually meet…

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Introduction-Video 1 – Most Popular Internet Scams

Since the start of the internet, Cyber criminals have been everything and anything to scam a buck out of you, and they’re REALLY good at it now. With today’s tools and technology, it’s almost impossible for a regular consumer to know they’re in a scam because it’s setup so well. Internet services and websites make…

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Phishing – Video 2 – Most Popular Internet Scams

The first scam we’ll talk about is the biggest, it’s called the Phishing scam. Phishing scams are based on communication made via email or on social networks. Cyber criminals will send you messages and have you click a link to try to trick you into giving them information you would never give them in the…

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419 Scam – Video 3 – Most Popular Internet Scams

Ok now that you picked your jaw up from the floor after watching the phishing scam demonstration, you can see how anyone, including me can fall for a scam or a hack like that. Going forward I’ll be teaching you how the scams work, and empower you to spot them and avoid them. So without…

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Greeting Card Scams-Video4-Most Popular Internet Scams

Let’s talk about the greeting card scam. Everyone likes to be thought of. The easiest way was to do it with an e-greeting card. Obviously the scammers caught on and ruined our thoughtfulness fun. This too is an older scam but still works because they can make it look like it came from anyone. Now,…

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Ransomware-Video5-Most Popular Internet Scams

You’ve heard me talk about it a few times in this course but let’s have a closer look at what this entails.  Picture this: You’ve spent the last few weeks or months working on a high profile project for work and now that you’re finally done, you’re ready to send it in for review. You…

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Credit Card Scam – Video 6 – Most Popular Internet Scams

ok let’s talk about the guaranteed bank loan or credit card scam. People are going through difficult financial times at the moment, and could get trapped by “too good to be true” bank offers. These offers claim to guarantee you large amounts of money and have already been pre-approved by the bank. Especially 0% interest…

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Romance Scams – Video 8 – Most Popular Internet Scams

Have you or anyone you know been fooled by a romance scam?  C’mon you’ve seen the emails. “I’m Yuliana and I’m from the Ukraine and want to get to know you better, here’s my picture.” Kinda email. Well, This scam can take place on social networks such as dating sites, Facebook, or by receiving a…

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Fake AntiVirus scam – Video 9 – Most Popular Internet Scams

How about the Fake anti-virus scam? I’m sure we’ve all seen at least one of these message on our screens: “You have been infected! Download this antivirus right now to protect your computer!”. Many of these pop-ups were very well created to resemble actual messages that you might get from Windows or from a normal…

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