Free Windows cleanup software puts millions of PCs at risk for hacks

By Francis Navarro, Komando.com
September 18, 2017

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Have you downloaded this free Windows cleaning tool lately? It is one of the best programs out there for clearing out your browser cookies, trackers, internet history, download history, cache and individual browser session activity.

However, if you’ve downloaded or updated this version of the program recently, you may be unwittingly infecting your computer with malware.

READ MORE HERE: https://www.komando.com/happening-now/420238/free-windows-cleanup-software-puts-millions-of-pcs-at-risk-for-hacks

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Watch out! New Facebook scam spreading now

By Mark Jones, Komando.com
July 29, 2017

Cybercriminals are always looking for heavily populated websites, to find as many new victims as possible. With 2 billion active monthly users, Facebook is the perfect target.

That’s why we’re constantly warning you about new scams circulating on the social media giant. Now, another like-farming scam is making the rounds.

Watch out for this like-farming scam
Like-farming is just what it sounds like. Scammers post a story on Facebook for the purpose of cultivating likes and shares. Based on the way Facebook works, the more likes and shares a post has, the more likely it is to show up in people’s News Feeds.

This gives the scammer more viewers for posts that trick people out of information or send them to malicious downloads. The story they originally post normally has nothing dangerous about it. Only after the post gets a certain number of likes and shares does the scammer edit it and add something malicious.

What’s going around now is actually a scam that has been revived from the dead. Posts have been populating Facebook News Feeds this week claiming that Marlboro is gifting 5 FREE Cartons to EVERYONE! on 100th Anniversary. This scam actually circulated a couple years ago and apparently it’s back.

You can see an example below. Two of my friends actually posted this on Facebook this week:

Image: Example of Marlboro Facebook like-farming scam.

Another example that I found tells you to follow these three steps to get your free cigarettes:

  1. Like and share this post
  2. Comment your Marlboro flavor (Red, Blue, Gold)
  3. Visit the following link: (NOTE: we’re not showing you the link, it’s malicious)

Under the steps, the post says, “Coupon will not be accepted if steps mentioned are not completed.”

Warning! This is a scam and you should NOT like, share or click the link.

The link listed in the steps will take you to a malicious site where malware could infect your gadget. This scam could lead to multiple terrifying results, like identity theft, or ransomware to name a couple.

The like-farming scam result depends on the payload that the cybercriminal chooses to implement. That’s why you need to know how to avoid falling victim.

READ MORE: https://www.komando.com/happening-now/410500/watch-out-new-facebook-scam-spreading-now

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14 million Verizon customers’ data exposed in massive breach

July 13, 2017
By Kevin Downey, Komando.com

Have you called a customer service representative in the past six months? If so, your name, cellphone number, home address and personal identification number may have been made public.

This massive data breach affects at least 6 million people and possibly as many as 14 million cellphone users. Anyone with access to this company’s website could have seen your personal data and accessed your PIN. They could have used your cellphone and possibly blocked you from using it.

This data breach was caused by an employee error. If you’re a Verizon customer and you recently called their customer service number, keep reading to find out how to protect yourself.

Here’s how it happened. Verizon and many other companies work with a $1 billion Israel-based company called NICE Systems.

NICE uses software to track other companies’ customer service calls. For instance, NICE’s software can detect a person’s frustration level with a customer service rep in real time.

READ MORE: https://www.komando.com/happening-now/408198/14-million-verizon-customers-data-exposed-in-massive-breach

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Legal Experts at the Elevate Law Conference in San Diego Provided Continuing Legal Education, Which Included the Topic of Estate Planning, Living Trusts and Tax Issues; Discussed was the Role of Technology in Creating a Will

July 11, 2017 12:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time

ADA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LegalShield, one of North America’s leading providers of affordable legal plans and identity theft solutions for individuals, families and small businesses, brought together lawyers from across North America, which included many from LegalShield’s panel of provider law firms and referral attorneys who provide services in all 50 states and four provinces in Canada. Lawyers were able to participate in a continuing legal education session on estate planning, living trusts and tax issues. The discussion took place at the company’s first Elevate Law Conference on July 8 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

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