How to Avoid Spear Phishing Scams

In this week’s member-exclusive How-To Tuesday on Simple Tech Tips, we’re talking about how to avoid spear phishing scams. Most people are familiar with phishing messages, spam that tries to trick you into clicking on links and infecting your computer with malware. Spear phishing takes this to a whole new level by using highly personalized … Continue reading How to Avoid Spear Phishing Scams

How to Recognize Counterfeit Electronics

In this week’s member-exclusive How-To Tuesday on Simple Tech Tips, we’re talking about how to recognize counterfeit electronics. The recent chip shortage has exacerbated the problem of counterfeits, but there are steps consumers can take to avoid them. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of counterfeit goods and find genuine deals on computers and … Continue reading How to Recognize Counterfeit Electronics

Typosquatting: How Mistyped Web Sites Lead To Malware and Scams

Ever type the wrong Web address by mistake? Did you know that cybercriminals snatch up typoed domains in order to create tempting lookalikes? Typosquatting is the practice of registering a domain that is a typo of a common site, like goole instead of google or microsft instead of microsoft. Most people don't notice typos, especially … Continue reading Typosquatting: How Mistyped Web Sites Lead To Malware and Scams

When Good Apps Go Bad: How to Avoid Malicious Software

Fake apps proliferate online, and it’s hard to tell the good apps from the bad. Scammers are getting sneakier by hiding their malicious apps behind the smokescreen of reputable ones. Your garden-variety fake app is typically malware disguised as a fun game or useful utility. Behind the shiny exterior lies code that can steal your … Continue reading When Good Apps Go Bad: How to Avoid Malicious Software

Fleeceware Scams: The App Might Not Get You, but the Subscription Fees Will

There’s a new online scam called fleeceware making the rounds. Here’s how to avoid getting fleeced by it. Fleeceware differs from fake apps in one crucial way. Fake apps are typically malware in disguise, trading on the good names of reputable software to lure consumers into installing. Fleeceware apps, on the other hand, usually work … Continue reading Fleeceware Scams: The App Might Not Get You, but the Subscription Fees Will

The Essential Guide to Strong Passwords (2021 Edition)

If there's one thing you do for your own computer safety, please, use strong, unique passwords! Doing so decreases your chances of suffering virus infection, account hijacking, identity theft, and even financial fraud. People continually re-use passwords, or create weak passwords, or don't change the default passwords on important devices like routers and smart home gadgets. … Continue reading The Essential Guide to Strong Passwords (2021 Edition)

What You Need to Know About Tech Support Scams

Tech support scams are a continuing threat to consumers, especially with so many people working from home. Here’s how to avoid them, and how to find real tech support. A tech support scam usually starts with a fake phone call, phishing email, or pop-up ad. Phone calls are an especially popular choice for reaching consumers … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Tech Support Scams