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Facebook tips, QuickBooks scam, and cyber extortion

posted Jul 30, 2014, 10:51 AM by Craig Cox   [ updated Jul 30, 2014, 10:51 AM ]
First up:  An article that steps you through FaceBook's privacy settings.  The group that wrote it is actually even more paranoid than I am; for instance, I see no point in making Facebook posts restricted to "only me".  But it's a good walk-through of the settings, and may give you options you didn't know you had.

Next, a quick heads up about a scam pretending to be a past-due notice from Quickbooks.  The usual tips apply here:  Don't be rushed into clicking things through fear or urgency.  Check out the claims without clicking links in the email.

Finally, an analysis of the business of extortion, carried out through the Internet.  A lot of the article has to do with businesses being threatened with reputation damage or denial of service attacks.  The one bit that can affect any individual user is the encrypted file attack -- they trick you into clicking a link which encrypts your files, and then demand a ransom to give you the key.  The best defense for this is good backups.  Paying the ransom may not get your files back, and even if it does, you'll surely be marked for further abuse.

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