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 Payton Hinton

   

   From the desk of Christian Payton Hinton

    Office of Information Security Student Assistant

 

 

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 NSCAM: Inside Your Connected Home

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Every day, your house connects to the internet in ways you might not even realize – today's appliances, toys, lighting, TVs, cameras are rapidly advancing in technology. And outside your home, there's so much more that's connected – from your car to the roads you travel on to your whole city.

You can learn about how to protect your connected home by
checking out this: Infographic provided by StaySafeOnline!(PDF)

 

 

 

 

How Do I Detect an "ADP" Phishing Email?

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The University System of Georgia Shared Services Center (SSC) wants to help you protect yourself from
possible "ADP" phishing attempts where people pose as a reputable entity with the purpose 
of obtaining your sensitive information. 

What Can Happen if My ADP Account is Compromised?
• Your direct deposit account information can be changed to a fraudulent account.
• If the pre-note option is not in place, funds may disperse to the fraudulent account.
• The fraudulent information has the potential to flow into other systems, such as PS Financials and could possibly effect expense reimbursements. Read More (PDF)

 

 

Wise giving in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

Harvey Charity Scam Consider these tips when asked to give:

  •  Donate to charities you know and trust.
  •  Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events.
  • Designate the disaster.
  • Never click on links or open attachments in e-mails unless you know who sent it.
  • Don't assume that charity messages posted on social media are legitimate.
  • When texting to donate, confirm the number with the source before you donate.
  • Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state.

Read more about Scam Harvey Charities (PDF)

Credit: Federal Trade Commission

 

 

A Costly Low-Cost Trial Offer

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You've probably seen online ads with offers to let you try a product – or a service – for a very low cost, or even for free. Sometimes they're tempting: I mean, who doesn't want whiter teeth for a dollar plus
shipping? Until the great deal turns into a rip-off. That's what the FTC says happened in a case it announced
today.


The defendants sold tooth-whitening products under various names, and hired other companies to help them market the products. These affiliate marketers created online surveys, as well as ads for free or
low-cost trials – all to drive people to the product's website. Read more about this scam (PDF)

 

 Sources: Federal Trade Commission

 

"Free" Computer Scans

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 Messages telling you to install and update security software for your computer seem to be everywhere. So you might be tempted by an offer of a "free security scan," especially when faced with a pop-up, an email, or an ad that claims "malicious software" has already been found on your machine. Unfortunately, it's likely that the scary message is a come-on for a rip-off.

The free scan claims to find a host of problems, and within seconds, you're getting urgent pop-ups to buy security software. After you agree to spend $40 or more on the software, the program tells you that your problems are fixed. The reality: there was nothing to fix. And what's worse, the program now installed on your computer could be harmful.

Source: FTC Consumer Information - "Free" security scan(PDF)

Criminals use undetectable "Shimmers" in new credit card scam

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 Shimmers are thin skimmers that fit inside where you swipe your Credit Card. These devices scan your Credit Cards chip and stores its data

 

 

Remember these tips to try and avoid them

  • Use the contactless tap-and-go feature on your credit or debit card in stead of swiping or inserting your card.
  • Use contactless mobile services such as Apple Pay or
  • Samsung Pay to tap and pay.
  • If you're withdrawing cash at a bank, go inside to a teller.
  • Use ATMs in banks rather than a more vulnerable standalone machine.
  • Cover the keypad with your hand when entering your PIN.
  • Don't proceed with a transaction if your card encounters resistance when it is inserted.
  • Contact the bank, merchant and your card issuer is you suspect your card has been compromised.

References: Fox19 , Themerkle, WTVM, CBS

 

 Cyber Security Tips While on Vacation 

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When you travel, there probably are a few must-haves in your suitcase: your toothbrush, deodorant,
socks, shoes – you get the idea. But one travel must-have we don't always think about is security.

Keep security in mind on your summer vacation

 

 

An identity thief stole my phone!

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Identity theft can happen to anyone. A fraud investigator will tell you about their identity theft.
Knowing how to respond will help you if you ever have to recover your identity. Read more about the identity thief.

 

Source: Federal Trade Commission - Consumer Information

 

 

Student loan scam gets an F from the FTC

student loan scamsThe costs of student loans and fees can be overwhelming. You might see online ads that promise to help lower your payments or get your loans forgiven. But be wary of companies that make those promises, and never pay an upfront fee. Read more about the scam.

 

Source:  Federal Trade Commission - Consumer Information

 

  

 

 

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