Beware: Fake Google + Invitations

Posted by Eric Torres

Jul 11, 2011 3:48:00 PM


describe the imageWhenever people desperately want something, criminals have always come up with ways to rip people off.  It's a practice as old as time.

The Google+ invite frenzy has prompted some devious spammers to send out fake invitations.  Sophos, a cyber securities firm, first reported this spam.

Gmail users would receive a Google+ invite that looks like the real thing.  Except when you click on the link to the Google+ invite, it leads you to a completely different website, riddled with malware.

This isn't the first time that insane demand for Google products spawned scams.  Back when Gmail membership was an exclusive club and a hot item, spammers sent existing Gmail users a notice that Google had just given them 50 extra invites.

All they have to do is fill out a form with their Gmail password.

Apple, was also used as bait.  Back before the iPad was released, bogus Facebook pages were set up to ask users to be beta testers; they would get the iPad in advance and then keep it for free.

All these Apple fans had to do was provide their personal information and cell phone number.  Their cell phone number was subsequently enrolled in an expensive premium service.

For active Internet users, scams and spams are a fact of life.  Abiding by the following guidelines, however, will lessen the pain.

  • Don't respond to sweet offers that you didn't pursue or don't know the origin of, whether it's a Google+ invite or a millionaire trying to give away his fortunes.
  • Don't ever give out your personal information to email requests from scammers posing as legitimate entities.  Legitimate entities will never ask you that; the only time they might prompt you for personal information is when you approach them do something.
  • Too good to be true offers do not exist. For example, somebody looking to share the wealth of somebody who has no "next of kin"...does not happen in real life. If you're not sure, don't go for it, especially if you have to provide your personal information or grant access to your computer in exchange for it.
The best way to prevent this is to pay attention and be aware of what sites you are visiting and links you are clicking on. When you enter in password, personal, account, or credit card information, double check to make sure you are on a reputable website. Double check the URL and make sure the URL address is what you think it is. Double check the website you are on to make sure there is nothing suspicious so you won’t fall prey to these scams.




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Topics: New Service, SPAM, new website, Google, New Products, Social Media, Malware, Beta

River Run Tech Blog: RockMelt - The Newest "Social" Web Browser

Posted by Eric Torres

Nov 8, 2010 8:59:00 AM

With Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera all duking it out for browser market share, some might think the world doesn’t need another Web browser. However, a group of rockmelt logodevelopers led by Tim Howes and Eric Vishria have taken the wraps off of RockMelt, a new Web browser that builds on the notion of a social Web by building Facebook and Twitter directly into the browser. RockMelt will also include integrated sharing tools and an enhanced way to navigate through Google search results via the keyboard to find exactly what you want. Additionally, if you happen to be using a public computer or someone else’s system, no problem: RockMelt is the first browser to be “fully backed by the cloud.” Just run RockMelt, and your personalized browsing experience is waiting for you.

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Topics: New Products, Social Media, Communications, Browser, Cloud-based, Beta, Social Web Browser

Mozilla Releases Firefox Beta's for Testing

Posted by Eric Torres

Aug 19, 2010 7:56:00 PM

Mozilla has launched an early beta version of the next Firefox browser (Firefox 4) and plans to release further beta's for testing every two to three weeks. The goal, Mozilla said, is to improve describe the imagethe development process by receiving feedback from developers quickly and getting fixes and changes tested earlier than in previous Firefox development cycles. 

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Topics: Firefox, Beta, Browsers

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