Tag Archives: Cybercrime

Kicking Out The Bad Guys 2

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. With more than 5,700 posts, and more than 21 million visitors since 1998, this web site has become a very strong hacker magnet. In fact, over the past several years, thousands … Continue reading

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A New Type Of Spam

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. This afternoon, I had just fallen asleep, and was having a much-needed nap. Suddenly, on the nightstand next to me, my cell phone rang. Startled, I jumped to a sitting position, … Continue reading

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Read This While You Can

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. Those of us whose internet service providers (ISPs) are somewhat “flaky” at best, are used to the frequent downtimes that are sometimes attributable to issues like the following: The Internet Corporation … Continue reading

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Have We Lost The Privacy War? 160

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. I told you so, about six years ago. 😉 Time after time, his company has been caught with “its hand in the cookie jar.” Time after time, he’s basically said Oops, … Continue reading

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Have We Lost The Privacy War? 159

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. I’ve been saying it for years. Facebook doesn’t care about your privacy — it only cares about making money by collecting and exploiting your data. And now I’ve been joined by … Continue reading

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Re:scam

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. It’s been several years since I last received any scammer email, like from someone who claims to be a Nigerian prince who offers to give me millions of dollars. But the … Continue reading

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Have We Lost The Privacy War? 158

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. You probably heard about the big security breach at Equifax a few days ago. You know — the one that may have exposed 143 million Americans’ private data. But do you … Continue reading

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Revenge On The IRS Phone Scammers

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. I’ve gotten a few of those calls myself. The ones in which a recording tells me that I owe money to the U.S. Internal Revenue Agency (the tax people). It instructs … Continue reading

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Prisoners Build PCs

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. One Ohio prison had a very successful computer education program — sort of. Inmates were taught how to combine spare parts to build and repair computers, as well as how to … Continue reading

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Kicking Out The Bad Guys

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. I’ve been creating and maintaining websites since the 1990s, without any of them ever being successfully attacked by hackers, malware, or spam. But, a week ago, I received notice from my … Continue reading

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Internet Security Basics Videos

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. If you’re smart enough to be reading this, you’re probably pretty tech savvy. In fact, you’re probably someone who others call whenever they have tech problems. And you’re probably the one … Continue reading

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Have We Lost The Privacy War? 147

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. Individual privacy vs. national security. Which of those concepts is more important to you? Do you think that, unless you’re engaged in criminal activity, you have an inalienable right to privacy? … Continue reading

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Have You Been Hacked?

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. It often seems like, every couple of weeks, another famous online service or major retailer gets hacked, and the hackers gain access to the private data of millions of users or … Continue reading

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They Don’t Want To Spy On You

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. A few decades ago, I worked as a computer consultant to a multinational manufacturing company in the Frostbite State. That company was so concerned about security and corporate espionage that I … Continue reading

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Because I’m Not Stupid

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. This morning, our phone rang. The caller ID identified the caller’s name as “MEDICAL” — calling from a long-distance phone number. I cautiously answered it, “Hello.” It is illegal to publish … Continue reading

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Beast Cracks Passwords

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. Don’t say it out loud — just think it: Of all the usernames and passwords that you use, when you login to various secure services, what do you think is the … Continue reading

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What Is Your Password?

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. The fact that you’re here, reading a post on this web site, tells me that you’re “smarter than the average bear” — or, at least, more technically literate than the average … Continue reading

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Whether You Want It Or Not 5

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. If you’re a Windows user — I’m not, because I switched to using Linux, 10 years ago — you know that Microsoft has been bugging you to “upgrade” your computer to … Continue reading

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Don’t Change Your Password Often

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. Security experts have said it for years: Make sure your passwords all contain both capital and lower-case letters, along with numbers and special characters. And make each password as long and … Continue reading

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Never Invite Hackers To Hack You 2

This copyrighted ComputerBob.com post cannot legally appear anywhere else. Two days ago, I told you about a journalist who invited a few expert hackers to try to hack into his digital life. And so they did — extremely successfully. Luckily … Continue reading

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