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Beware Amazon Phishing Emails

06/17/2014

I got an email today, asking me to confirm my Amazon account. It’s a phishing email, but one that I think many people might fall for. If you seen an email like this, it’s not real: Beware. If someone gets access to your Amazon account, they can most likely do a lot of damage to […]

Beware of New Phishing Emails Targeting iPhone Users

05/28/2014

There have been reports of iPhone users being held hostage by scammers locking their iPhones. No one hacked Apple’s servers; more likely, iPhone users got stung by phishing emails, and gave up their Apple IDs and passwords. I just got another one of those emails. At first glance, it looks legit, and scary: the subject […]

Yet Another Phishing Email Targeting Apple Customers

01/17/2014

No, I’m not going to post an article every time there’s another phishing email targeting Apple customers, but since I posted one yesterday, and got another, different, email today, I thought it worth pointing out. This one comes from “Apple Store,” and says “Update your apple ID.” I especially like the bit where it says, […]

Beware New Phishing Emails Targeting iTunes Store Users

01/16/2014

Phishing emails are nothing new. You probably get them from people pretending to be banks, utility companies, delivery companies, stores and more. But phishing emails pretending to be from Apple aren’t that common. I got one today; and it’s the first time I’ve seen this one. It tells me that my “iTunes ID happens to […]

iPassword 4 Update Makes Securing Your Passwords Even Easier

10/03/2013

I’ve been using AgileBits’ 1Password for several years, and it’s the second-most useful app on my Mac, after LaunchBar. With 1Password, I know I can have peace of mind: all my passwords, credit card numbers, PINs and other secret information is protected and easily accessible. And this information is not only a couple of keypresses […]

MacKeeper’s Sleazy Marketing Tactics

07/23/2012

The “security” program marketed by Zeobit called MacKeeper is a controversial program, especially because of Zeobit’s aggressive marketing tactics. The company advertises everywhere, and uses pop-ups and pop-unders, as well as ads mentioning other programs. You may see ads that suggest that you’ll click through and find information about a different security program only to […]