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DMARC: Protecting Your Domains

DMARC: Protecting Your Domains

The effortlessness in the capability to generate fake emails has long been exploited by cyber-criminals as a mechanism to deploy spam, phishing attacks or malware, and has been so since the invention of email. DMARC is a simple way to give the receivers of an email the ability to validate the authenticity of an email, […]

date:  Jul 12, 2017 comments:  0
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What is Punycode Phishing? - Part 2

What is… Punycode Phishing? Part 2

Last week we discovered the use of Punycode phishing, a system that allows International Domain Names (IDNs) to be registered using characters that can’t be written in ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange), easily tricking even the most advanced internet users by making the website address look legitimate. This week, we will focus on […]

date:  May 31, 2017 comments:  0
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What is Punycode Phishing? - Part 1

What is… Punycode Phishing? Part 1

What is it? Punycode is a system for converting words that can’t be written in ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange), such as Ancient Greek. The phrase ΓΝΩΘΙΣΕΑΥΤΟΝ (“know yourself”), once converted into an ASCII characters, looks like this: xn--mxadglfwep7amk6b. This conversion system allows International Domain Names (IDNs), which include non-ASCII characters, to be […]

date:  May 24, 2017 comments:  0
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Online Wallets and Mobile Banking

Online Wallets and Mobile Banking

An online wallet (or digital wallet) is a program or web service that allows users to store and control their online shopping information (such as: usernames, passwords, shipping addresses and credit card details) in one central place. It also provides a convenient and quick method for consumers to make purchases from any person or store […]

date:  Apr 26, 2017 comments:  0
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What is Scareware?

What is… Scareware?

What is it? Scareware is a type of malware that uses social engineering and fear tactics to trick victims into purchasing and downloading unwanted and potentially dangerous software. Our Experts Explain This class of malicious software (which also includes rogue security software and ransomware) misleads users into thinking that their computer has a virus, and […]

date:  Mar 08, 2017 comments:  0
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What is..a Romance Scam?

What is… a Romance Scam? Don’t get fooled by Valentine’s Day fever!

Valentine’s day is one of the most sentimental times of the year, and can be one of the most stressful periods for lonely people searching for true love. A recent survey showed that 82% of Australians think that “loneliness is increasing”, a concealment for saying they are the ones who actually are lonely. 33% of […]

date:  Feb 15, 2017 comments:  0
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2016: The Year of DDoS Attacks

Last week, we discussed some of the main cyber-threats that occurred in 2016 and the lessons we can learn from them. The preeminent type of attack that occurred time and time again, was Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS). Amongst the most remarkable 2016 DDoS attacks were: Dyn, The US DNS service provider: For nearly 11 […]

date:  Feb 01, 2017 comments:  0
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Understanding the Dark Web – Part 2

Last week, we talked about what the Dark Web is and the fact that it consists of untraceable, unsearchable websites that you need specific software, settings, approval and/or authority to access. Now, let’s focus on what is really happening on the dark web. What Is It Used For? Just like so many inventions before it, […]

date:  Dec 07, 2016 comments:  0
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Understanding the Dark Web – Part 1

What is it? Simply put, the dark web is a network of untraceable online activity on websites that can only be accessed using encryption software. It is not indexed by Google, Bing, Yahoo or any other conventional search engine. Both websites and users of the dark web enjoy the protection of anonymity through strong cryptography. […]

date:  Nov 30, 2016 comments:  0
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