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Your Browsing History Alone Can Give Away Your Identity

Advertisers would give just about anything to be able to lurk over your shoulder as you browse the internet. They want to know what sites you visit, how you get to them, how long you spend on them, and where you go next—along with as much personal information about you as they can get. Of course, they don’t have to be in the room to figure any of that out. Dozens of trackers embedded in nearly every website collect information about how you interact with the page, and cookies stored in your browser tell advertisers how often you’ve visited the site before. But the holy grail is the ability to string all this information together to create profiles that corresponds to each individual user—that is, creating a complete picture of each person on the internet, beyond just scattered data points. Companies that compile […]

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Don’t Fall For This Sophisticated New PayPal Phishing Scam

Around 200 million people have a PayPal account. It’s been one of the most popular online payment services for years, which is why it’s such a popular target for phishing scams. Since they’re tied to your credit card or bank account, they’re particularly prized by cybercriminals. Security experts at ESET recently discovered a new PayPal phishing scam that they say is particularly sophisticated. The emails these fraudsters are sending out are convincingly written and feature the PayPal logo and there’s even a bit of fine print at the bottom for added effect.

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