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  • Avoid this email scam and secure your facebook account

    Most of us have probably received an email at some point from Facebook saying, "someone is trying to log onto your account." The feeling of dread that comes upon you in that moment is gut-wrenching and hard to shake. It feels like a serious invasion of privacy, which is why we are typically so quick to act. HOWEVER... you must be alert when it comes to these emails. All too often, scammers use this as a way to hack into a victim's account or get information out of them. Before you click on the link in the email to "secure your account," check out some of the warning signs below. Looks kind of legit, right? The red text in the photo above points out obvious ways to confirm whether or not the email can be trusted. 1) The email subject doesn't make sense and is grammatically incorrect. Sometimes, it will contain emojis. I can promise you one thing: Facebook will never send you an email with a subject that has emojis. 2) The email address is crazy looking and is un-readable. For anything security-related, the email will come from security@facebookmail.com. Any other email address is fraudulent. 3) Check the "sent to" email address! If it does not say your actual email address, it was probably sent out to many, many people. Hackers do this because they expect at least one person to fall victim. 4) Check the display name. In the above email, it shows that their display name is "Hi." This should be the biggest red flag in and of itself. 5) They didn't use my full name in the email. Instead, they used the first part of my email address. Facebook/Instagram/Twitter will always use your name and not the first part of your email address (the part before the @ sign). 6) There will never be two options to choose from when it comes to securing your account. There will always just be one option that prompts you to enter a code to change your password. 7 - bonus!) The hacker sent this to an email address that isn't even associated with my Facebook account. Big whoops on their part. Before you respond to one of these emails, always go to Facebook privacy settings to see where you're logged in. If you notice something there that seems suspicious, you will be able to log out of all devices/sessions and reset your password. See the below screenshot for reference: If you notice a log-in from a suspicious location or a device you don't recognize, immediately log out of all sessions and reset your password. To get to this screen, follow the steps below: 1) Click the small "down" arrow in the upper right-hand corner 2) Click "Settings and Privacy" 3) Click "Settings" 4) Click "Security and Login" from the lefthand side menu 5) View all of your active sessions! To ensure ultimate safety, it is best to set up two-factor authentication. This will send your phone/email a code every time someone tries to log on to your account. I have also installed an authentication app called "Duo" that further secures my account -- I encourage you all to download it as well! There is a new scam going around where hackers take possession of your social media profiles and demand a ransom to give you back control of your account. These ransoms can reach over $1,000 in some cases. It's better to be safe than sorry -- always make sure your account is locked down. Continually perform self-checks to make sure you're only logged into your personal devices, set up two-factor authentication, and be wary of suspicious emails from Facebook!

  • Keeping up with email scams

    Recently, someone very close to me fell victim to an email scam that gave the hacker full remote access to their computer (super scary, I know). These email scams can look incredibly realistic, so it's important to be able to distinguish between what's legit and what's not. These emails attempt to fool you into visiting a website to either download malware or reveal sensitive personal information. The perpetrators of phishing scams craft the website to look like the real thing. Here's how to protect yourself from these scams: 1) Stay informed on the latest phishing techniques! Being informed on the latest scams can help you avoid a potentially scary situation. Be wary of emails asking for your password, emails with misspelled words or grammatical errors (if an email comes from a legitimate site like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Instagram, etc. it more than likely will NOT have any spelling or grammatical errors), emails that contain a suspicious link for you to click, emails that promise you money if you click on a link, emails that say, "We've been trying to reach you about ____," the list goes on and on. Basically, be cautious when clicking on any link in ANY email. Most phishing emails start with, "Dear Customer," so that can be very indicative of an email you DON'T want to open. 2) Install an anti-phishing toolbar (from a trusted site). Most internet browsers these days will allow you to install such a toolbar -- these toolbars are completely free and will alert you if you attempt to visit a site that is malicious. This is just an extra layer of protection against phishing scams! You can download anti-phishing software here: https://www.avira.com/en/avira-browser-safety 3) Keep your browser up-to-date. Security patches are released for browsers on a fairly regular basis. These patches are released to account for any security loopholes that hackers and phishers are using to exploit innocent victims. Never ignore messages about updating your browser -- when an update is available, download it and install it immediately. 4) Never give out personal information. In general, you should never share personal or financial information over the internet. If something seems phishy, it probably is. ALWAYS go to the main page of the company in question and call their customer service line to verify whether or not they actually contacted you. Never send an email with sensitive information to anyone. If you do have to submit info online, make sure the website is secure by checking to see if it has "https" in front of the URL. For more in-depth information on what to look out for regarding email phishing scams, visit the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team website here.

  • Facebook scams: how can I protect myself?

    As we dive deeper into the digital age, social media has become exceedingly prevalent in our society. With more and more people joining social sites like Facebook, fraudsters have seen this as an opportunity to create scams very specific to each platform. Let's take a look into the different scams that are used on Facebook, and shine a light on effective ways consumers can protect their identities and information. 1. The Facebook "Challenge" Scam There has recently been a trend on Facebook that encourages users to divulge personal information. One of these challenges looks like this "My mother was a ___, my father was a ___." where you attended school, and where you were born. The answers to these questions are often used as answers to password security questions. Sharing any of this information can lead to identity theft, so think before you post. 2. The "See Who's Viewed Your Profile" Scam This scam tries to steer you toward a clickable link that does not contain data showing who has viewed your Facebook profile. Instead, you may be sent to a survey, gift card offer, or a page that asks you to submit personal information in order to "view this list." Always be aware that Facebook will not send you a list of who has been viewing your profile, as it would be breaching their personal security clause. If you receive a link like this, delete the message immediately after reporting the account who sent it as a spam account. 3. The "See Who's Blocked You" Scam This scam is the same as the one above. Facebook would never divulge any information pertaining to who has blocked you or muted you, so bypass these links completely or you run the risk of having malware installed onto your device. 4. The Facebook "Video" Scam Have you ever gotten a message from a friend saying "I can't believe what you're doing in this video!" with a link attached or something along those lines? Has one of your "friends" threatened to release a video of you? This is a common scam on Facebook that plays on ego. There is no video when you click the link, but a data thief who will take the information you provide and build a step-by-step targeted attack against your personal data. Never click on these links, even if it appears to come from someone on your friend list. 5. The Facebook "Testing" Scam If you are ever asked by "Facebook" or a "friend" to test a new Facebook feature, this is a scam. The most recent "testing" scam sends a message to unassuming users telling them they have been selected to test out the new Facebook "dislike" button, and provides a link to enable this feature. Do not click the link, as it will install malware onto your device and steal personal information. Facebook pays plenty of people to test their new software, and if they are wanting to test a new feature, they will release it to certain parts of the world -- not random people. For example, the "dislike" button is currently only being tested in New Zealand and Australia. 6. The "Fake News" Facebook Scam For this scam, oftentimes a link will be sent around containing information about a major event, like a horrible plane crash or a celebrity death, along with a provocative image. You will click on the "news link," which actually will trigger a malware installation. When you click this link, it will also be shared to your Facebook for other people to click on (this perpetuates the scam and keeps it alive). NEVER click on these links -- instead, Google the information first to see if it is real (if the article title says "(Insert celeb name here) dead at the age of 39!" ALWAYS fact check it before you click on an unreliable link -- or copy the link and test it in the "link checker" section of this website!) 7. The "Your Facebook Account Will Be Deleted" Scam This scam sends you an email pretending to be from "Facebook," warning that your account is about to be canceled (in some instances, the message may ask you to confirm your Facebook account). The scammer requests that you send your Facebook username and password back in response in order to verify your identity, or it will have you click on an external link. This is a phishing scam and is designed to steal your personal information. If Facebook wants to contact you, they will send you a direct message on the app itself, not an email. (Side note: Facebook would never delete your account if you don't seem to use it often or for any reason other than you have been reported too many times -- if this is the case, Facebook will send you a message on the app alerting you that this action is going to take place. Facebook will NEVER make you "copy and paste" a message to show them you are still active and to not delete your account. If you see this post being re-posted by many of your friends, it is best to simply move on. Your Facebook profile will not be deleted.) 8. The "Malicious Tagging" Scam This scam all starts when you are tagged in a post with several other of your friends. Because you are tagged in a post with your friends, you assume the link is safe to click on -- in many cases, it may even appear that a friend of yours has shared this post. This is often a link to an "adult" video -- when you click on it, a pop-up window appears that prompts you to download the latest version of Flash before watching the video, which is really malware. Once you click this link, the post is shared to your Facebook profile. Some steps to avoid this scam: don't click links that contain descriptions such as, "exclusive," "shocking," or "sensational" footage; don't click on links that are shortened -- if you cant tell the exact website you're going to, it is probably a scam; don't always trust what your friends post because their account could have been compromised; report any and all scams you see so that you are able to stop the rapid spread of this malicious tagging scam. Together, we can work to mitigate these scams and make social media a safer place for all people. Remember: think before you click!

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  • Resources | Know Your Net

    resources Know Your Net is here for you. Take a peek at some of the resources available to help keep you and your loved ones safe online. Here, you will find a list of the five best monitoring applications for parents, an app that checks for malicious or dead URLs, and a list of resources for you to access if you or someone you know is being cyberbullied. While you're at it, get to know a little bit about our mission. If you have any suggestions for additional resources, please type them in our "suggestions" box at the bottom of this page. Read more About us Get to know us! Learn about our mission statement and why we do what we do. Read more Monitoring Applications The votes are in! Check out the five best monitoring apps for parents. Read more Cyberbullying Resources Is someone close to you being cyberbullied? Are YOU? Find the help you need here. Read more URL checker Did you recieve a suspicious URL? Check it here to make sure it isn't dead or malicious. Read more #beKYNd The Be KYNd Project's goal is simple: to put an end to online bullying. Readabout our mission here. Read more KYN Blog Stay up to date on the latest cybersecurity info with the KYN Blog! Alexa Gilomen Jun 16 2 min Keeping up with email scams Recently, someone very close to me fell victim to an email scam that gave the hacker full remote access to their computer (super scary, I... 11 views Write a comment 4 Alexa Gilomen Apr 28, 2020 4 min Facebook scams: how can I protect myself? As we dive deeper into the digital age, social media has become exceedingly prevalent in our society. With more and more people joining... 56 views Write a comment 6 Alexa Gilomen Mar 24, 2020 3 min How to Avoid COVID-19 Scams and Misinformation Phishing scams often prey on a victim's fear by using real and current threats to obtain personal information like passwords, account... 30 views Write a comment 13 suggestions Did we miss something? Let us know. Submit Thank you! Your form has been submitted.

  • Monitoring Apps | Know Your Net

    5 monitoring applications for parents Keep your children safe online A device-enabled culture comes with lots of perks. Kids today are more connected to the entire world than ever before, and that means they know more about the cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs of the people around them. While this connectivity can be beneficial for your child, it ca n also put them at risk. ​ Parents must decide for themselves how to best protect kids in a digital world, but parental control monitoring apps have proven to be helpful when keeping tabs on them. First, it’s important for parents to educated themselves on the danger surrounding technology usage. Children are receiving smartphones at an average age of 12-years-old, but many younger children also have access to devices. Only about 61 percent of teens say they set privacy settings when using social media, and 87 percent of kids have witnessed cyberbullying. ​ If you want to be more involved in how your children interact with digital media, you can try a monitoring app to better protect them. Below are five monitoring apps we recommend. 1) Net Nanny Net Nanny helps parents gain control of what their children do and see across multiple devices. It is backed by over two decades of experience, and parents can select plans to protect one PC or Mac, or multiple devices. Once Net Nanny is implemented, parents can filter internet content to protected devices, monitor social media use, block pornography, and administer control remotely (so it doesn't matter where their child's devices are). Knowyour.net is proudly partnered with Net Nanny. ​ 2) Norton Family Premier Norton family Premier is a comprehensive solution that protects the entire family. Parents can set and control privacy settings across web platforms, work with their children to create balanced rules for managing time online, view reports about where and how their children use the internet, and monitor/protect multiple devices with a single solution. This is a great app for families that need to cover a lot of digital ground or have children of various ages on different devices. ​ 3) SaferKid It might be marketed for children, but SaferKid would be better titled "Big Brother." Monitor texts. Check phone calls and contacts. Peep web browsing history. It’s all there, along with adult-content blocker, screen limiting, and app-download alerts and disabling, and even coaching on how to speak with your child about sexting, bully, adult content, and more. ​ 4) Secure Teen Secure Teen lets parents guard kids of all ages from online dangers by blocking inappropriate content, blocking apps they don’t want teens using, viewing reports of internet activity and all chat and text messages, and tracking a teen’s location via GPS on his or her phone. The chat and text message function on this app is great, because it means parents can see communications via various platforms, making it harder for teens to hide information. ​ 5) Qustodio Qustodio is user-friendly, efficient, and excellent for parents who are short on time. It offers a dashboard that shows you all recent mobile activity for any connected device, including time spent on specific services like Instagram or Twitter. From there you can set time limits, track texts, filter out certain types of website, and block any game or app

  • About us | Know Your Net

    ABOUT US Our goal is simple: we want to keep you safe online. Scroll down to read our full mission statement and get to know KYN a little better. Our Mission In a split second, someone can have access to all of your personal information: where you live, what you do for a living, what interests you have, what restaurants you frequent, etc. Creepy, right? What if I said that you willingly supply access to this information every single day? This oversharing of private data can leave us vulnerable to cyber-attacks and potentially threaten our "real-world" safety. As we advance into the twenty-first century, we are experiencing a technological revolution that has opened the door to many challenges associated with cyberbullying, over-sharing, sexting, over-use, and other issues that affect children and adults alike. The Internet can be a dangerous neighborhood, but Know Your Net is here to be your virtual safety net. This website is an educational tool that provides the resources necessary for you and your loved ones to practice online safety and digital citizenship. Each tab is purposefully designed and segmented for specific groups of people: kids, teenagers, adults, and parents of young children. The Internet has certainly facilitated the growth and development of the modern world, but it can easily threaten the privacy and livelihood of its users. It is imperative that people of all ages are well-equipped and prepared to handle the dangers and challenges associated with technology usage. It is time to truly know your net.

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