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7 Examples of Social Media Scams You Should Avoid at All Costs

Social media platforms have become non-negotiables in our daily lives. We always find ourselves online at our favorite social media sites to connect with loved ones, share our thoughts, and discover interesting content. While social media has become central to our routines, its vast reach and anonymity provide certain risks—they’ve become a breeding ground for scammers. Awareness is key to...
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Pig Butchering Scam – What It Is and How to Protect Yourself

Cyber threats are constantly evolving, and the most recent evolution of phishing scams is proving particularly effective. Boasting a gruesome name, pig butchering is a cyber threat that reels in victims and steals thousands, sometimes millions of dollars. Pig butchering has quickly become one of the most lucrative scams thanks to a mix of post-pandemic loneliness and inadequate technological...
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Are Password Managers Safe to Use?

Passwords have become a cornerstone of the Internet. These strings of letters and numbers allow us to validate access to various communities, online tools, healthcare, banking, and more. As more and more information is stored behind passwords, efforts to steal and crack them have vastly increased. These new cyber threats led to the creation of tools called password managers, to which hackers...
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International Women's Day: How to Shrink the Gender Gap in Cyber Security

The participation of women in the cybersecurity field is on a notable rise. According to projections by CyberCrime Magazine, they are set to represent 30% of the global cybersecurity workforce by 2025, with this percentage increasing to 35% by 2031. There is also an increasing number of women filling leadership positions within the industry, with 17% of women in CISO roles at Fortune 500 companies...
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7 Smishing Examples and How to Protect Yourself

With roughly 5 billion people —a whopping 65% of the global population—sending and receiving SMS messages, it’s no wonder that hackers have taken to SMS as a new way to lead cyber attacks. In 2022, 68.4 million Americans fell victim to a phone scam. And only 65% of Americans say they would delete a text if it came from an unknown sender. With these kinds of numbers, the odds are in hackers’ favor...
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What is Swatting? What to Look for and How to Defend Yourself

For those of a certain age, you may remember the old gag where you would call up a business and ask if they had “Prince Albert in a can.” This happened way back in the days when you could purchase loose tobacco in a tin can. Prince Albert was one such product. Now, if the person on the phone answered yes, you could say, “Well, let him out!” Yes, this is what pranks looked like in the 1960s. Fast...
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Protect your loved ones from phishing, social engineering and other cyber attacks

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for romance. It’s a time of year when cyber criminals and scammers launch attacks such as phishing , vishing , smishing , and social engineering . Australia has begun issuing warnings to singles, informing them of the “pig butchering” or “romance baiting” scam that’s prominent on Valentine’s Day. It starts with the attacker assuming the identity of an attractive...
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Phishing Training for Microsoft 365 E5 Customers

Terranova Security’s phishing training content topics include (but are not limited to): Information Security Awareness Topics Business email compromise Email Identity Theft Introduction to information Security Malware Phishing Ransomware Social Engineering Microlearning Library Business email compromised (BEC) C-Level Email Impersonation Handling Unidentified Individuals Mass Market Phishing -...
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Upgrade Security Awareness with Microsoft 365 and Terranova Security

Diverse Training for Global Teams Offering courses in major languages, extending a total of 40+, to meet the diverse needs of global workforces, ensuring consistent security practices across all regions. Metrics That Matter Use the Security Awareness Index to pinpoint your high-risk users and clearly define your cybersecurity training outcomes with measurable, data-driven results. Comprehensive...
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What is Quishing?

QR codes have come a long way since being invented in 1994 by a subsidiary of Toyota. Initially introduced to address some limitations of barcodes during the car manufacturing process, QR codes have since become staples in people’s day-to-day lives. The introduction of high-powered cameras to most modern smartphones is what allowed these codes to gain new uses. QR codes, easily generated and cost...
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Safer Internet Day 2024: Keeping Everyone Safe and Secure Online

On February 6, 2024, we will celebrate Safer Internet Day with learning events dedicated to inspiring change and highlighting the importance of online safety. This year, we can expect activities from organizational and industry supporters, schools and government agencies, community groups, and business leaders. With cyber security risks rising, Safer Internet Day is an opportunity to raise...
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131 Cyber Security Statistics: 2024 Trends and Data

Cyber security awareness is an everyday job, and it’s easy to fall into a false sense of security once you have a solid plan in place. Every year, statistics are a reminder that hackers and scammers never sleep. New trends and attack types pop up daily, making it difficult to keep track. This list is a rundown of the most important statistics of the year, allowing you to get a good overview of...
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11 Cyber Security Tips for the Holidays

E-commerce growth is expected to grow by 9.4% by 2024; by 2027, it’s forecasted to hit a whopping $8 trillion for the first time. More people shopping online means more opportunities for cyber criminals to strike. In fact, there’s a growing trend of cyber scams taking place during the holiday shopping spree. As we all get busy with our holiday shopping and preparations, keeping security in mind is...
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Protecting Retail Businesses from Cyber Attacks

Retail stores are one of the oldest ways humans exchange goods and services. As they evolve, one of the most significant shifts they have undergone is the dramatic increase in technology integration within their operations. From tools to check stock to staffing management and cash registers, retail stores rely heavily on technology for almost every aspect of their business. Unfortunately, all...
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Is Your Email on Lockdown? Explaining Email Quarantine

Between 2022 and 2023, business email compromise (BEC) attacks rose by 55% . Furthermore, organizations that manage over 5,000 email accounts are 90% likely to receive at least one BEC attack weekly. Email is one of the most frequently used tools for both personal and professional communication. But with its convenience and accessibility also comes an onslaught of malicious threats that deliver...
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9 Ways to Protect Yourself from Fraudsters This Black Friday and Cyber Monday

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are excellent opportunities for consumers to get hold of some great deals, they are also ideal for cyber criminals to execute cyber crimes and scams. Research shows that global e-commerce fraud is increasing, causing losses amounting to $41 billion in 2022. Later this year, the predicted losses are expected to exceed $48 billion. The retail industry is the most...
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The 5 Most Spoofed Brands in the World

“On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” Cartoon by Peter Steiner There’s a reason this cartoon gained popularity in 1993 and has now become an iconic representation of how the internet works. The internet provides a way for people to hide their real identities, which can unfortunately lead to dishonest activities. Nowadays, scammers take advantage of this to deceive people who either trust...
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How Is the Digital Age Redefining Social Engineering's Playbook?

Phishing has always been a prominent attack vector, skyrocketing as traditional hacks became more complicated. Even worse, hackers have begun perfecting their tactics to make them more reliable and damaging. One of the most dangerous variants is social engineering, and with the help of AI, it's now becoming increasingly sophisticated. Let's discuss how AI is changing social engineering's playbook...
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How to Avoid Phishing Simulations False Positives?

This year is seeing more phishing attacks in more places, having more detrimental impacts. One security messaging provider noted a 61% increase in phishing attacks between April and October 2022 compared to the same period the previous year. Another report observed that when phishing attacks were successful in 2022, financial losses from those incidents increased by 76%. In another trend, phishing...
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Deepfakes: What They Are and How to Spot Them

Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools are getting more capable and creative every day. Generative AI is writing human-like prose and creating lifelike photography. 3D animation software is making those images come alive. Voice generation tools are replicating people’s voices with just a smattering of input. And it’s not coming out of Hollywood studios. Much of the excitement is due to the fact that...