The Short Dangerous Step from Surveillance Software to Spyware

Surveillance software is legal. Spyware is illegal. Both monitor a specific smartphone owner's use of their device and both can gather copious amounts of information from it. Both can turn on cameras, recorders, read emails and SMS messages, and monitor all internet use. They will also follow the user's physical movements through GPS tracking. The … Continue reading The Short Dangerous Step from Surveillance Software to Spyware

I Was the Target of a Tax Refund Scam

So I get a letter from the IRS in the mail. "This can't be good." I muttered to myself. And, sure enough, it wasn't. The first lines of the letter read as follows. Dear Taxpayer, We received an income tax return, Form 1040, for the tax year above (2019) using your name and Social Security … Continue reading I Was the Target of a Tax Refund Scam

Punycode, Homographs, and Other URL Spoofing Techniques You should be Aware of

The average person is becoming too smart for most hackers. They know a spoofed website when they see it. Long ago they've learned to check the URL before they begin blithely filling in a form with personal information. They have learned how to hover over a link to see where it really goes. Even though … Continue reading Punycode, Homographs, and Other URL Spoofing Techniques You should be Aware of

I’m Not a Member: Why Should I Care If Another Dating Site Was Hacked?

The MeetMindful dating site was hacked and the details of its 2.8 million customers were leaked online. The whole database is now free to download. So what? You might say. I'm not a member of the site, what do I have to worry about? Well, possibly nothing, but it's na├»ve to think that any hack … Continue reading I’m Not a Member: Why Should I Care If Another Dating Site Was Hacked?