This Apple tech support scam comes complete with popups that won’t go away easily and an annoying warning sound effect. If you have several tabs open and try switching to different one, the popups will cover those too. You have to close the browser to stop the warning siren.
We’ve been warning those attending our classes that its safer to stick with the official app stores like Google Play for Android. Google scans two million apps a week for potentially harmful apps. You don’t know what you’re getting if you download from a third party site. They’re unlikely to have as rigorous scanning process if they do any security scans at all.
Cybercriminals can take an existing app wrap it in malware and make it available on a third party site or link to an infected file in a phishing email. Beware of free versions of paid apps as they’ll likely include a nasty surprise.
You can avoid Android Malware. Google’s own statistics show that by downloading from the authorized play store is ten times safer than getting apps from other sources.
Security patches for known vulnerabilities are are not being made available for Android based phones. Google is creating patches but manufacturers and carriers are not getting them out to their customers. http://bit.ly/90android
Why isn’t this a major news story? The lack of Android patching hasn’t escape hackers attention. Best bet to stay safe is to only download software from Google’s play store. There’s some pretty serious malware infecting Android phones. Don’t fall for emails or texts offering “free versions” of apps that normally have a cost.
There is a thriving underground economy facilitating cybercrime. According to a Rand Corporation report, cybercrime now generates more profits than the drug trade. In this presentation by Juniper networks titled “From Underground City to Thriving Metropolis – An Economic Analysis of Cyber Black Markets” they give a high-level overview of an extensive cybercrime underground. The presentation is easy to follow and appropriate for non-technical folks.
Consumers have been reporting getting emails purportedly from the FTC saying they’ve won a sweepstakes and asking for a fee in advance. Sweepstakes scams are another form of an advanced payment scam.
Here’s what the FTC says about sweepstakes scams:
- The FTC doesn’t oversee sweepstakes.
- No federal government agency will contact you to ask for money so you can claim a prize.
- If you enter and win a legitimate sweepstakes, you don’t have to pay insurance, taxes, or shipping charges to collect your prize. If you have to pay, it’s not a prize.
Don’t fall for this one. If your hear a friend mention winning an online sweepstakes, let them know about the dangers of sweepstakes scams.
Find out more about what the FTC has to say about sweepstakes scams at: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/beware-of-this-ftc-sweepstakes-letter-scam-040215.html