Cyber Security: Dating Fraud Reported Once Every Three Hours

One incident of dating fraud is now being reported around every three hours, according to an initiative warning of the dangers of con artists preying on people looking for romance.

Around seven reports of dating fraud on average are received every day by Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting service, equating to around one every three hours.

Typically, victims will make their first transfer of money to the fraudster within a month of contact. The average victim of dating fraud loses £10,000 according to the findings released ahead of Valentine’s Day on Tuesday.

The figures were released as Victim Support, Age UK, the City of London Police, London Metropolitan Police and Get Safe Online said they would work in partnership with the Online Dating Association in efforts to better understand how fraudsters operate and reduce the number of people falling victim to dating fraud.

Tips for people using dating websites and apps using the hashtag #datesafe will be shared online.

Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, said that while many couples do meet online, the problem of cyber criminals targeting people for significant financial gain is growing.

He said: “£10,000 is a staggering amount for the average online dater to lose to a fraudster who they’ve been led to believe is the real deal. It’s not just the financial loss though; dating fraud can have a huge emotional impact on a victim too.”

He said in some cases, people had lost everything – including their savings and their homes.

Heimdal Security Company: The Best Encrypted Messaging Apps You Can (and Should) Use Today

If you want to see all the best encrypted messaging apps in one place, then this is the guide you’re looking for.

We did a roundup of these encrypted apps because the battle for our data is fiercer than ever. Governments crave for it, companies seek access to it, and cyber criminals probably want it the most.

But what’s so special about my data?

The fact that it’s yours and it can be monetized one way or another, by any of the entities listed above.

Wake-up call: the data you share in your IMs

Today I’m going to focus on a big chunk of your data that I bet you disregard as unimportant: the information stored and share in instant messages and text messages.

Messaging, either via the Internet or through good, ol’ SMSs, is today’s go-to communication method. No doubt about it.

Younger generations – from Y to Z – would rather text than call someone at any time of day and night (myself included). And not only them. Employees in companies of all types and sizes are heavily using instant messaging apps as well.

This means that a huge amount of data is stored, transmitted and shared through these messages.

Data like:

And this doesn’t happen only on mobile devices. Now instant messaging apps are cross-platform, so you can sync your conversation across your smartphone, tablet and desktop. Messaging apps also offer the option to be used for both online IMs and SMSs.

Everything is just a click or a tap away. But not only for you.

You may think you’re sharing data confidentially when using Facebook Messenger, Skype or Snapchat, but sometimes it’s just an illusion.

Without end-to-end encryption, your conversations are right in the crosshairs of cyber criminals, government meddling and amoral marketers.

Here’s a recent example of how security holes in these apps can expose your data to malware and other cyber threats:

“The Check Point security research team discovered a vulnerability in Facebook’s Messenger (both the online version and the mobile app) that would allow an attacker to modify the contents of someone’s chat history as well as give them the ability to spread malware through the chat service. […] This vulnerability existed because messages are normally stored on Facebook’s servers, and Facebook could also modify the messages itself if it so desired. The attackers are simply using a capability that Facebook already has.”

Do I have your attention now?

Good.

Because you’re going to want to find out about this.

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