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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 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: 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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  • URL Checker | Know Your Net

    IS THE LINK SAFE? Did you get a suspicious link sent to your email? Wondering if that link on Facebook is a scam? Play it safe -- use DFNDR Lab's URL checker. Click "check my link now" to check your link on DFNDR Lab's website! Check my link now How do I know if a link is legitimate? Navigating the Internet can be tricky, and has become progressively more difficult over the past several years. Computers can be easily infected with malware, ransomware, or other nasty viruses at the click of a mouse -- clicking on the wrong link could you send you spiraling down a terrible rabbit hole. ​ So how do we know if the link is safe? There are several ways to tell if a URL is legitimate: Tip #1 - Use a URL Checker The easiest and most obvious tip is to run the link through a URL checker to make sure it isn't malicious. Be very careful with the link check you use, though. Even these URL checking websites can be infected with malware that, in turn, infects your computer. Before you click on one of these websites, make sure it is secure. If you do not see "https" and instead see "http" in front of the web address, it is best to avoid using that site. Several reputable URL checkers: DFNDR Lab Scanurl Kapersky Threat Intelligence Portal NortonLifeLock Safe Web URLVOID Tip #2 - Use Your Browser's Safety Tools Today's popular web browsers already include a slew of security features to help ensure your online safety. These tools can block pop-ups, send "Do Not Track" requests to websites, disable unsafe Flash content, stop malicious downloads, and control which sites can access your webcam/microphone. ​ Review your privacy settings by following the instructions below: Edge: Settings > Advanced Settings Firefox: Options > Privacy and Security Safari: Preferences > Privacy Chrome: Settings > Advanced > Privacy and Security ​ Make sure the necessary security tools are enabled so that you can avoid dangerous situations -- it is easy to accidentally click on a link that contains malware. Tip #3 - Double Check URLs You can perform your own safety test just by looking at the URL! You can make sure you know where the link is going to take you before you even click on it. Hover your mouse over any link to verify the URL it's really linked to. On Firefox and Chrome, you will be able to see the website address in the bottom lefthand corner. If you don't recognize the URL, type it into Google and see if anyone has reported it as "malicious." ​ Always make sure the URL is spelled correctly. Most people only glance over links before they clic them. For example, a hacker might send you a link to Notice how the "1" is in the URL instead of an "L?" This is how hackers trick you into visiting their phishing sites. From the malicious website, they can steal your personal data. Tip #4 - Check for HTTPS You should always make sure that the websites you're visiting use HTTPS. HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is the fundamental protocol for sending data between your browser and the websites you visit. HTTPS is the secure version of this data transfer (the "S" stands for "secure"). ​ Hover over the padlock in your browser's navigation bar to make sure the website is secure. If you don't see it, the site your on isn't using a trusted SSL digital certificate, which can leave you vulnerable to having your information stolen. HOWEVER: some phishing websites could be using HTTPS to appear legitimate, so be wary. Key takeaway: if the website doesn't have a secured padlock in the navigation bar, don't enter any personal information (passwords, account numbers, etc.) Remember: Think before you click!

  • Sexting | Know Your Net

    Sexting Chances are, you've probably heard of sexting. This is when you send or receive a message, image, or video that has sexual content like a nude picture. If you are 13+ years old, this section is for you. What can happen when you sext? Sexting might seem fun, but it can have very serious consequences. Taking, sending, or receiving a nude photo of a person under 18 can be illegal in some states -- even if it's a photo of yourself. If you or the other person is under 18, you could end up in trouble with the law. This can be considered "child pornography." When you send a nude photo of yourself to someone, what happens next is out of your control. Even though it is illegal, it can be sent to multiple people or used against you in the future. For information about sexting laws in America, check out . You may trust the person you're sexting with right now However, people can change and unexpected things can happen like: A breakup Someone shares your photo The phone is stolen or hacked Family or friends find the photo online If you send a text you regret: Take a deep breath. Things can easily get out of hand, even if you don't want them to. Here's what you do if you send a text you regret: Ask the person to delete your message and watch them do it. If it's a photo, make sure it is not saved on their camera roll and that is deleted out of their "deleted photos" folder. Talk to someone you trust (preferably a parent or counselor at school). Even though it may be difficult to have that conversation, it is necessary for your safety. If you are receiving unwanted pictures or requests, you can block the person or make a report to your phone carrier. Here's what to do if your image gets shared: If you're under 18, report it to the police. This is considered child pornography and is illegal. If it is shared online, un-tag yourself and report the post. It is also important to report the person who posted it. If the person who shared the photo is from your school, tell a teacher or counselor. Talk to an adult you trust (a parent, teacher, or counselor). IMPORTANT: If you distribute nude or lewd photos of a minor (even if you are also a minor), it is considered distribution of child pornography and/or child exploitation. This is considered a felony in most states. What if someone sends you a sext? Don't send the text or picture to anyone else Tell the person who sent you the message to not send anymore Delete the message immediately Block the phone number or account If the image is online, report the image so it can be removed If they don't stop messaging you inappropriate things, make a report to your phone company It is important to be aware of the dangers associated with sexting. Watch this video to understand what can happen. ​ Do you know your net? Click "Take Quiz Now" if you think you're ready to test your #NetKnowledge! Take quiz now! Cyberbullying If you are experiencing cyberbullying, you are not alone. Read More > all about respect Respect holds relationships together. Learn ways to be respectful online. Read More > kids rules for online safety Follow these 10 rules to remain safe online. Read More >

  • Digital Safety Education | Know Your Net

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