Kevin/Ron -- Good info on phishing and spear phishing
]And if you want to throw in whaling ...
] As a celebrity dot com developer myself, I am subject to a lot of whaling attacks ...
I'm sure Paul has better ones.
Ron -- A big fear of mine was letting my mom loose on the Internet by herself. She did get the call from the "Bailbondsman" trying to get her grandson out of a jail in South Carolina ... if he hadn't actually been in the room with her at the time, who knows what she might have done ...
But seriously ... you already mentioned the biggest threat you face -- all that info you have about yourself on FB. I've never done FB and never will (my life is of little interest to my own family, let alone to anyone else
). I stopped using LinkedIn and Together we Served as soon as I figured out how useless those platforms are and how much personal information they make available to scammers willing to mine the data and put it together.
Its a big part ... the main reason, actually ... that Stovebolt.com does not require real names and doesn't collect information about our users. We have a nationally recognized cyber security expert who volunteers a LOT of time keeping us straight and secure but we still don't treat any info we do have lightly. Any info we ask for is merely to ensure new registrants aren't bots or other malware seeking to do us harm.
The Internet is still a wild and woolly place. There *are* a LOT of advantages to that freedom, though, that make the risk worth taking, albeit with adequate precautions and education. It's one of the last "free" places left and we certainly don't want Big Brother stepping in to regulate, tax and enforce. New York was once the Frontier ... now look at it
*EVERYONE* needs to understand what the threats are -- even to casual internet users -- and take precautions necessary to keeping yourself safe from cyber attack. I won't presume to lecture on what those precautions are -- you need to do your own homework on this and take it seriously. There are bad people out there who are trying to take everything you have.