Keep Your Identity Secret with a Fake Identity for Online Accounts

There is no law that says you have to use our real name online. For most web browsing, you can use a fake name, address, or phone number. This can be an effective method of blocking “tracking” and other methods of corporate spying that is designed to steal your personal information.

NOTE: don’t give fake details for legally-binding accounts, which could constitute fraud!

To create a new persona that won’t giving away your personal details, use the Fake Name Generator at http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/ to create a false name, address, phone number, birthday, financial details, and more.

Macintosh Computers Are Being Targeted By Ransomware, Spyware

For years, Mac users smugly told themselves and everyone else, “Macs don’t get viruses.” Indeed, that was true for years but not true these days. While still rare, a few Macintosh viruses and other malware (malevolent software) are now floating around the Internet. If you are a Mac user, you should be aware of new variants of malware that have been created specifically to target Apple computers; one is ransomware and the other is spyware.

Mac users need to make sure their machines are kept up to date with the latest software patches and be wary of messages they receive via email. Apple does a good job of neutralizing malware by issuing frequent updates that eliminate the specific weakness exploited by such malevolent software.

Details may be found in an article by Mark Ward in the BBC News web site at: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40261693.

Microsoft Releases new Windows XP and Vista Security Patches, Warns of State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

Microsoft releases new Windows XP security patches, warns of state-sponsored cyberattacks stopped issuing security updates for Windows XP in April 2014… until now. New attacks on all versions of Windows have made millions of Windows systems insecure, including Windows XP.

The latest attack is the WannaCry malware. At least 75,000 computers in 99 countries were affected by the malware which encrypts a computer and demands a $300 ransom before unlocking it. The latest patches from Microsoft will block the current version of the WannaCry malware.

If you use Windows, even Windows XP or Windows Vista, update your system to the latest security patches now!

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Thieves use Facebook Tricks to Steal Your Money

Here is another reason to avoid Facebook: Polish internet swindlers have cooked up an elaborate scam that involves taking over your Facebook profile to ransack your bank account and swiftly transfer the stolen funds to anonymous Bitcoin wallets.

The hackers rely on well-known malware and phishing techniques to exfiltrate login credentials and obtain access to Facebook accounts. Once an account has been breached, the attackers proceed to inspect the user’s chat history and target individuals close to the account owner.

You can read all the details in an article in the TNW web site at: http://bit.ly/2rbTh8w.