Watch Out for Look-A-Like Domain Cyber Threats

Recently, we've seen several victims fall prey to cyber threats like this which employ a combination of a phishing email to gain access to a mailbox and then waiting until the opportune time to hook the prey using a look-a-like domain.  Here's a short video explaining what happened:

Sneaky hackers purchase and set up fraudulent websites that are a close misspelling of legitimate ones.

Everybody Loves a Parade!

Did you know that the tradition of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started as a Christmas parade? It started in 1924, ran 6 miles from 145th street all the way down to the Macy’s store at 34th and Broadway.

The entire parade consisted of three horse-drawn floats including Mother Goose, Little Miss Muffet, four bands, a variety of animals from the Central Park Zoo and, of course, Santa Claus was the last one in the lineup.

Bookmark the LEGITIMATE Websites You Frequently Visit

Quick Tip: Create a bookmark for the websites you visit often.

Why: Sneaky hackers purchase and set up fraudulent websites that are a close misspelling of legitimate ones.

For example, a hacker might use "faceboook.com" instead of "facebook.com". All you have to do is accidentally fat-finger ONE letter in the URL and up pops a very legitimate-looking, fake copy of the site you were trying to get to--and the login and links are full of keylogger malware and virus landmines waiting for you to click on them.

How to Spot a Phishing Email

Quick Tip: Type website names directly into your browser for any “phishy” offer delivered by email. That way you do not give away your log in information or download a virus.

Why: A phishing email is a bogus email carefully designed to look like a legitimate request (or attached file) from a site you trust in an effort to get you to willingly give up your login information to a particular web site or to click and download a virus.

Something’s Phishy!

We sure do miss heading out to a lake, throwing out a line and waiting for a fish to bite. But what really upsets us is how hackers have taken a beloved pastime and turned it into something sinister. That’s right, I’m talking about phishing. The hacker practice of sending out carefully crafted email as “bait” in an attempt to get you—the “fish”—to bite.