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Scammers Are Using Google Drive to Steal Your Logins – Here’s How to Stay Safe

Scammers Are Using Google Drive to Steal Your Logins – Here’s How to Stay Safe | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Today’s exploit, if genuine, is similar to a scam from March 2014, researchers say. We’ve contacted security firm Symantec, which reported last year’s scam, but they had not responded by press time.

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This...phishing attack via email, titled “Document,” states, “Hi. Please see the remaining document on Google drive,” ...

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For Google’s part, a spokesperson from the company gave us this statement: “We’re constantly working to protect people from phishing scams through a combination of automated systems, in-product warnings, and user education. We’re aware of this particular issue and taking the appropriate actions.”

Elastica CEO Rehan Jalil told us the company used Google’s automated tool to warn the search giant about the vulnerability about two weeks ago. However, he added, Elastica didn’t follow up with Google before publishing its results. At publication time, the phishing websites were still live.

This is a clever example of a so-called phishing attack that tricks you into giving up valuable personal information, typically your username and password. In this case, the email, titled simply “Document,” states, “Hi. Please see the remaining document on Google drive,” and then provides a long link to click on.

Once scammers have your Google credentials, they can log on to any service that uses your Google login, read your email, access personal files stored on Google Drive, reset the passwords to any other online service that has your Gmail address, and change your password so that you would be unable to log back in. 

Fortunately, you can avoid falling prey to this scheme, and any similar, by abiding by the following guidelines.

Don’t trust any old email

...One clever trick on the part of these likely cybercrooks is that the note comes from a Gmail address. This, according to Elastica, may have tricked Google’s spam filters into allowing the message to get through. 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Take care with ANY link embedded within an email - using a gmail address can = phishing by the latest scammers.  

~  Deb & The Social Media Learning Lab

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Does your email address say you're a rube?

Does your email address say you're a rube? | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Opinions are often formed by many subtle factors. Can your email address sink you in the eyes of the tech glitteratti?

   
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[ Does your email tag you as ] from the eighties, perhaps someone's grandfather, or...an out-of-touch father-in-law?
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Simple test, think fast. What are your first impressions?

  • dloudon22@gmail.com
  • dloudon22@cfl.rr.com
  • dloudon22@aol.com
  • dickloudon@facebook.com
  • dloudon22@greenmtnbb.net
  • dick@dickloudon.com

 

The first email address, ....seems perfectly normal. The only red flag is the idea that there are 22 other dloudons, ...... you weren't creative enough to come up with a unique name. You lose a point, but you still seem reasonably current. [UNLESS you] used beerlover@gmail.com or marysdad@gmail.com....


dloudon22@cfl.rr.com and dloudon22@greenmtnbb.net

===> definitely shows you as a rube, because you'd have to change your email address if you move. It doesn't demonstrate that you care deeply about your email address. You just took what you were given.


dloudon22@aol.com = you're a bed and breakfast owner from the eighties, perhaps someone's grandfather, or at the very least an out-of-touch father-in-law.


dickloudon@facebook.com

...you're probably too into Facebook...and you spend half your salary on in-game purchases of extra radishes so your farm will grow faster.

You're too risky.


dick@dickloudon.com


.... if you've filled out your self-promotional space properly (and that probably also means you're @dickloudon on Twitter), then you're probably quite a good candidate for the gig.

    
You know how to register a domain, set up a site, promote yourself, and do it tastefully.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Heh, I posted something like this on Facebook back in 2010.  In 2014, it is still SO true.  And I I still have friends with those ancient aol.com addresses out there.   ~  D

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Confide: An app that could have prevented Governor Chris Christie's traffic scandal

Confide: An app that could have prevented  Governor Chris Christie's traffic scandal | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Disappearing text messages aren't just for high schoolers anymore.


There is a new app that could eliminate such scandals in the future (albeit not the rotten underlying acts). It's called Confide, and basically acts like Snapchat for professionals.


[It features] private, end-to-end encrypted, screenshot-proof messages which use email addresses rather than phone numbers that disappear shortly after they are sent.


Uses could be everything from discussing the next employee to fire or complaining about your boss or... well, causing massive traffic gridlock out of spite.



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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Necessity is the mother of invention, and that would include smart use of confidential text and email messages, that disappear, once the communication is sent.  It's a good idea for simple, ethical confidentiality.  For a humorous perspective on this, here's link to (essentially worthless) email disclaimers.  

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12 Great Gratis Tools for Social Business - Anita's list for June 2012

12 Great Gratis Tools for Social Business - Anita's list for June 2012 | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

"Here's helpful list of 12 Great Gratis Tools for Social Business. Several of my fave's are here including WiseStamp (email SoMe signature) & EventBrite."


Anita Hovey gives some handy advice on these useful tools.  I'm also updated on some I didn't know existed, and you can be too.  My faves:  EventBrite, WiseStamp (email SoMe signature), and ScribD with a newsy update.  


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1. Buffer
Buffer is a great little app to help you send out tweets and posts at optimal times.


2. Eventbrite
Whether your event is free or paid, Eventbrite manages your event. It’s easy to set up an event to accept PayPal and/or credit card payments. There is no “installation” or “set up” fee, making it perfect for the small business that doesn’t want a big credit card system on a monthly basis.


3. Tweriod
When are the optimal times to tweet from your account? Run a free Tweriod analysis once a month and then use the data to plan your Buffer schedule.


4. Manage Flitter
Easy-to-use tool that helps you find Twitter accounts that are not following you back, or are inactive. Unfollowing inactive accounts, and explore its many other features.


5. Screenr
Create a quick screencast video for your blog or training sessions, handy 5-minute limit, enriches teaching.  It only captures what you do on-screen.


6. ScribD
Share PDFs on websites and blogs, and now with a fabulous Facebook app that allows you to make your PDFs available to your Facebook fans. Share your menu, free printables, checklists or a newsletter on your Facebook business page.


7. WiseStamp
Creates a branded e-mail signature. The free version allows for two signatures, personal/corporate. The best feature is the ability to link up nearly any social network, or even include your latest tweet or blog post title automatically.


Others on her list:  

8. Disqus - best option she's found for getting rid of spammers


9. Aviary - capture a picture of the screen, edit it and add comments.


10. If This Then That (ifttt) - create “recipes” to auto-post your favorite 12 Most authors to a host of social networks.  Add blog posts containing key words to your Buffer, or even get a text message when the weather calls for snow tomorrow


11. Twilert - Get an e-mail digest each day for your keywords or mentions of your company/brand.


12. Mr. Unfollowr -  tells you who is unfollowing you on Twitter. 


See the full post here.

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Still Using Hotmail, AOL or Yahoo Email? Really? Security reasons to Update

Still Using Hotmail, AOL or Yahoo Email? Really? Security reasons to Update | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Anyone that still uses an Hotmail, AOL or Yahoo email address is publicly admitting that technology has passed them by. It is not that they are just uncool, they are a security risk. If you are running a business via AOL or Yahoo email, you need to know that your customers and contacts are at risk from receiving malware, spyware or other damaging payload via your email account.


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It is not that they are just uncool, they are a security risk. 

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Most people with Hotmail, AOL & Yahoo accounts have no idea what two-factor authentication is or how to enable it. Because of that, these email accounts are very susceptible to someone cracking the password and sending email to all of your address book and people that you have ever sent a message to or received a message from. Despite the embarrassment of having your account hacked, it is a liability to your continued business success.

Gmail still has some cachet, but anyone using email for a business purpose can register a domain for $10 and enable email within about 10 minutes. That along with two-factor will help keep your good name solid and secure.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Two factor authentication means that Google, Facebook, Amazon, twitter, or others want an extra bit of identification, like a zip code, or to send a code to your mobile phone so that you can verify that you are who you say you are.  

From CNet:  "2FA is nothing new. When you use your credit card and you must enter in your ZIP code to confirm a charge, that's an example of 2FA in action. You must provide a physical factor, the card, and a knowledge factor, the ZIP code."

Personally all of my email accounts, old and new, are forwarded through Gmail.  The spam is cleaned out well, and my business email account, has the personalized name REVELN.com, but is really a Google business app.  It's been so helpful to keeping spam out of my way and prioritizing messages as "important."

I may use something else if there is a need for high security, but for now, my clients and communication are fairly safe.    What do you use to keep your email and communication safe and usable?


~  Deb 

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How to Build a Successful Email List

How to Build a Successful Email List | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Local marketing and internet maven Annie Wolock has some great tips here.  


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An email list is an important asset for your business. A properly obtained email list is filled with contacts who trust you and are likely to purchase from your business. I would advise staying away from buying email lists.  If you already have your email list, it still makes sense to continue your email list expansion efforts.


Build Your Email list Steadily, Over Time.

Basically, put good, valuable content on your site. This is the best approach, IMHO. This is the way a lot of companies build up their email list.  



Host Online Webinars and Collect Email Addresses at Registration.

While webinars are a great way to build your brand as an expert, they are an awesome way to increase your email list.


Downloadable Whitepapers

You’ll need to have some really valuable content for this to work, but if you do, people will give you their email address to get valuable information.


Other methods included in Annie's article:   Trade Shows and Incoming Telephone Calls


From Annie's twitter profile:
Think global, buy local. Internet Marketer, business woman making a difference. Annie Gets it Done - Since 1994 



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    Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

    Annie has been in business on Main Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan for many years and know what works and what doesn't.  


    Many people don't categorize email as an element of social media and buslness building. If you think this, consider that anything digital, online, enabling connection and business building can be an essential building block to your socially empowered business.  ~  D




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    The Prisoner's Dilemma That Is Email Marketing

    The Prisoner's Dilemma That Is Email Marketing | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

    "Even if email’s ROI is slipping (which is it), email still performs at 3x the return of social media and 2x that of search."


    ...An even more powerful deterrent to scaling back email than losing sales is losing share. Mindshare in the inbox is limited, like shelf space at Walmart. Every spot you give up, a competitor may well take.

    Read more: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/197231/the-prisoners-dilemma-that-is-email-marketing.html#ixzz2QNjtuxf6


    Photo:  by Sean MacEntee, Flickr

    Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

    In the article, I particularly like this excerpt,


    "Replace message or campaign ROI with subscriber or program ROI.  ...Recognizing the value in sending judiciously can have a profound impact on the quality and relevance of messages."   ~  Deb

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