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  • Hacking your head: how cybercriminals use social engineering

    Social engineering is nothing new. It’s a tool of psychological manipulation that’s been used since the dawn of man. Why? To influence people into taking action that might not be in their best interest. Sometimes it’s fairly harmless, like a child sweet-talking his mom in order to get extra candy. (I’m a victim of this one.) Many times, however, social engineering is used for nefarious purposes. There are classic examples of social engineering at play throughout human [...]

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    How to beat ransomware: prevent, don’t react

    Picture this: You’ve spent the last few weeks working on a tribute video for a friend’s 30th wedding anniversary. You collected photos and video clips and edited them together, laying over a soundtrack of their favorite songs. It was a real labor of love. When you finally finish the project, you go to copy the file onto a DVD and—what the?—a strange message pops up. “Unfortunately, the files on this computer have been encrypted. You have 96 hours to submit payment [...]

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    Tech Support Scammers Bring Back FakeAV

    Some of you may remember the golden age of rogue antivirus software (AKA FakeAV) circa 2008. These programs that were often pushed via aggressive advertising and bundlers were designed to look like security scanners. However, they were stuffed with intentional fake detections for all sorts of Trojans and Worms. The business model was simple but yet effective. By using scare tactics to trick people into believing their computers were severely infected, the crooks were able to make [...]

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    Robert will be conducting a seminar about computer viruses, scams and internet security at the Alliance Senior Center. The event is scheduled for May 11th at 10AM. Learn how to keep yourself protected from the multitude of pitfalls you can experience using a computer in today's world. From phone scams to computer viruses,  you'll learn from the area's foremost authority on computer spyware, malware, adware, and virus removal.   The Alliance Area Senior Center is located at 602 W. [...]

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    On March 14th of this year I had the pleasure to meet a group of great people during my seminar with the Copeland Oaks Computer Users Group in Sebring Ohio. The topic was how to keep your computer and yourself protected from the plethora of viruses, malware, adware, and ransom-ware out there. I also touched on the various ways con artists use to prey on the unsuspecting computer owner. On Monday, May 9th we will quickly recap the various ways you can be infected and/or scammed then get right [...]

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    The new ACR News!

    April 24, 2016

    We will be posting issues of interest, special events, Advice for our subscribers and more, here on ACR News. Check in often!

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    ACR's New Website!

    April 19, 2016

    Our new site is finally here! Welcome to our new website.

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