FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Nov 25th – Dec 1st

It’s time for this week’s Cybersecurity Round-Up! The top cyber-news stories of the week include a Netflix phishing email, Twitter closing inactive accounts, how phone scammers are stealing your phone number, and a breach of Mixcloud. You can read more on these top stories below!

Netflix has been the victim of another phishing scam! Not totally sure what a phishing scam is? Click here to find out. Users received an email stating that their recent payment had been denied. The email provides a link to enter your Netflix password, and then brings you to a page where you are prompted to enter your credit card details.

If you received an email like this – do not click it and do not enter any person information.

There are many tell-tale signs that this is a scam, but do you know what to look for? Click here to take a quiz about online scams, let’s see how well you do! If you would like to read more about this latest Netflix scam, you can click here for the full story.

At the beginning of the month, our Cybersecurity Round-Up touched on phone scammer’s latest trick- stealing legitimate phone numbers (if you missed our roundup or just need a refresher, click here). But how do scammers get access to these numbers in the first place?

The answer is: porting. Porting is where the same phone number can be switched from one phone provider to another. This originally started out as as service to benefit customers, but is now being used by scammers to steal phone numbers. For more information about porting, and what to do if it happens to you, click here

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Breach Alert: Mixcloud, the audio streaming service based in the U.K, had the data of more than 20 million user accounts breached and put for sale on the dark web. This data included passwords, usernames, email addresses, and information about login attempts.

This is just another in a series of high profile data breaches this month. To read more about the Mixcloud breach, click here. While it is impossible to control the security measures put in place by various companies, you can help secure your accounts by using strong, unique passwords for all your accounts. A password manager, such as Dashlane, makes this easier. You can learn more by clicking here.

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Twitter plans to close the accounts of users that have not logged in for 6 months. These users would have gotten an email that states in order to keep the account, they will need to log in and agree to Twitter’s new terms of service by December 11, 2019.

While this cleanup is aimed at closing bot accounts, it also could affect legitimate Twitter accounts, such as those of political figures or government organizations, which tweet out important information. You can click here to read more about the potential effects of Twitter’s new policy.

That’s all for now FixMeFans and StartMeStars! Don’t forget to check in next week for another Cybersecurity Round-Up. For now, stay Cybersafe!