Sunday, February 19, 2017

Facebook Cookie Tracking May Continue After Deleting Your Account

According to an article at the Gizmodo website, citing an article by Bloomberg, there is a "suspicion" that "Facebook's cookies will still actively track your online activity even if you've cancelled your account." According the Facebook, they delete user specific cookies but leave some for security purposes.

Gizmodo asks if Facebook be doing this without people knowing? Their answer "probably not."

Justifying their wisdom

They justify their conclusion by stating that this is no different that what any other website is doing, though they admit that Facebook has data about us that is much more specific and focused.

They recommend clearing out your browser cookies. Yes, do it regularly.

Instead of justifying the continuing collection of data by Facebook and other websites, they (and others like them), should be leading the fight to see that this activity is stopped.

Just because everyone else does it, doesn't make it right!

Do you care? In my opinion, you should!

Read the Gizmodo article

Friday, February 3, 2017

IRS Issues Urgent W-2 Phishing Scam Alert

The IRS recently warned of a dangerous W-2 Phising Scam. Don't be taken in!

According to an IRS spokesperson, it is not an IRS impersonation, but scammers are looking for tax information and using it within the tax system. The Form W-2 email phishing scam involves the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal casinos, chain restaurants, temporary staffing agencies, healthcare and shipping and freight.

One of the Most Dangerous Email Phishing Scams

“This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time. It can result in the large-scale theft of sensitive data that criminals can use to commit various crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns. We need everyone’s help to turn the tide against this scheme,’’ said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Organizations receiving a W-2 scam email should forward it to phishing@irs.gov and place “W2 Scam” in the subject line.

This is a very serious issue, so please visit the IRS site to fully educate yourself about this scam:

Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others   Feb. 2, 2017


Thursday, February 2, 2017

SpyNote RAT Masquerades as Netflix App and Steals Personal Data

According to several news reports, a fake Netflix app created by cyber criminals may be infected with something called the SpyNote RAT (Remote Access Trojan). Android devices are especially vulnerable because the code is open source.

SpyNote RAT Gets Administrative Control of your Device


SpyNote RAT can read text messages, view contacts, turn on your devices microphone, record your screen and take screenshots. and listen in to your personal conversations. They can also send user files to sites set-up by cyber criminals. In other words, they gain administrative control of your device.

To keep your device free from malicious spyware like SpyNote RAT never download any apps from a third-party website or store! Never, no never!

Key Search Word: SpyNote RAT

Related Reading: Watch Out For SpyNote RAT, Poses As Netflix App To Steal Your Data

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I Deleted My Facebook Account

Today I deleted my Facebook account for reasons I've already stated elsewhere in this blog.

I sat in front of my computer staring at the OK button for a while and asked myself if I really wanted to do this, or should I simply deactivate my account?! Then I clicked the OK button.

I became sick and tired of Facebook, offended by it's constant tracking, always shoving some ad or something in my face. I plan to once again experience keeping in touch with friends, real friends, like I did before the advent of Facebook.