Avoiding Scams, Identity Theft and Malware
Links provided by Mark Young from ASCCA
ASCCA (Australian Seniors Computing Clubs of Australia) is located on the Lower Ground floor of the SMSA building and provides affordable computer and IT courses for seniors. They also provide a discount to SMSA members!
View ASCCA’s list of courses for May and June 2017.
Side-Stepping the Scammers
In addition to the links below, Mark has also kindly allowed us to share his presentation. It may be downloaded below.
Side-stepping the Scammers (3mb)
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s Anti Scam site
No More Ransom
A site with advice on ransomware, and has some fixes for some cases.
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Australian government authority for communications
Australian site that debunks hoaxes both on the internet and via email. Check here to see the latest hoaxes so you don’t fall prey.
US site that evaluates urban legends. If you’ve ever wondered if that chain email or facebook post was fact or fiction, this is the site to check.
Offers a 14 day trial of the paid version, but after it expires you can still run manual scans to detect and removes malware on your computer for free. The paid version will do automatic scans and offers some additional protections.
Protecting Your Privacy
Links provided by Gianni Wise
How safe is your browser?
How safe is your browser? This website gives you a snapshot of how secure your browser is and whether you are protected from being tracked. Run it before and after installing the tools below to see the difference.
I much prefer Chrome to Internet Explorer or other browsers (even the latest version) as there are additional security settings and tools that you can use. It is available for most platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS).
Tor Browser was developed legally in the US and gives additonal security. It prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. (NB: For most people, this is unnecessary and I would recommend Chrome instead).
HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to.
HTTPS Everywhere is a simple browser extension made by the Electronic Frontiers Foundation that can be used with Firefox, Chrome, and Opera browsers.
This tool will automatically push your browser to the use the HTTPS URL when a website supports HTTPS, forcing an encrypted connection and providing additional security.
Ghostery is an add-on for your browser which detects and blocks technologies which websites may be using to track you, protecting your data and privacy. An added benefit is that it speeds up page loads! It is proprietary, but cost-free. Available for all major browsers.
A browser extension which blocks advertising, analytic and social media requests which are without consent. Disconnect is open source and cost-free. TDisconnect also offer additional Pro and Premium services at a cost, like limited VPN access. It is available for all major browsers. There is also a Firefox version (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/disconnect/)
Signal Private Messenging (previously TextSecure)
Signal Private Messaging is a free private messaging app available on Google Play for Android and iTunes for Apple devices. It enables you to send encrypted text messages for free to anyone who uses the app. The server never has access to any of your communication and never stores any of your data.