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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Seven Deadly Sins of Cybersecurity

Seven Human Weaknesses That Cyber Criminals Exploit
Sex Appeal
Scammers lure victims by masquerading as hotties on social networks; be dubious of flirtatious strangers.
Free iPads? Millions of bucks from a Nigerian wire transfer? If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
We all want to be popular and successful, but no matter how special we are, we’re not winning contests we didn’t enter.
A spammer sent out fake iTunes receipts. Others pretend to be friends of friends. Be wary of name-dropping to earn trust.
Lazy users get burned. Check out that email purportedly from Bank of America before sharing info; ditto request from social nets.
Requests for money to help a stranded friend, or for nonprofits when disaster strikes, are often scams.
“Act now!” No, think first. If you miss a legitimately awesome offer, too bad.

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