August 2014 Newsletter

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Travel Scams To Watch For

It's summer and a lot of people are on the road, but some of your employees are always traveling for business, and often these are management-level people with access to lots of confidential data.

These days, you can’t travel on either business or vacation and let your electronic guard down. Here are a few popular scams they need to watch out for.

1) Fake Free Wi-Fi Network that you find when you look for access to your business account. It has the hotel's name, but the scammers are listening in on the (company confidential) traffic. Verify with the hotel before logon on "free Hotel Wi-Fi".

2) Fake Software Update where a traveler attempting to set up a hotel internet connection sees an "Update-popup" for a popular software product. Click on it and malware installs. Always update laptops before you leave and never update while you travel.

3) Pizza Delivery Scam where you find a flyer slipped under your hotel door. When you call to order, they take your card data but never deliver because the flyer was a scam. Get food recommendations from the concierge!

4) An ATM Security Team is warning about new ATM skimmers that are almost impossible to detect with the naked eye. Thanks to a slimmed-down profile, the devices sit within the throat of an ATM card slot, capturing data when a traveler slides their card inside. A spy camera then tapes the customer as they enter their PIN number on the keypad. Especially when on the road, COVER YOUR HAND WHEN TYPING IN THE PIN!

5) Late Night Hotel Front Desk Call where you get a call alerting you there is a problem with your credit card and please verify the number. Except it's a scammer who now has your number or perhaps just skimmed your card at the ATM and needs some more info to make a fake duplicate card so they can grab the maximum cash. Especially when you travel, never give out credit card information if you did not initiate the call! simplifies your inbox and saves you so much time that you'll be able to get back to the things that matter in 2014. After you sign up, you'll see a list of all your subscription e-mails. Unsubscribe instantly from whatever you don’t want. They identify your subscription e-mails and neatly list them for you. Do you remember signing up for that newsletter? Chances are, you’re drowning in unwanted e-mail subscriptions. They give you the option to unsubscribe from junk e-mails right off the bat. One click and they’re gone.

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Held For Ransom

You should be alerted that a particularly effective scam is growing by leaps and bounds recently. It's not new, but it's bursting into mainline cybercrime these last few weeks. The scam takes over the full screen of the PC, stating that the FBI has locked that PC until a fine is paid. The PC may look locked down, but it was a cybercriminal who did that, not the Feds. On the KnowBe4 Blog is a picture how this scam screen looks: 

What to do: Do NOT PAY, this is malware on the PC. Treat it like malware and clean your system. The bad guys have found this is a scam that works really well for them. Scared PC users are often willing to pay hundreds of dollars to avoid getting in hot water with the FBI. More than $5 million per year is extorted this way from victims. Below is a video link from security company Symantec on how to remove this malware for free:

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