FBI Tech Tuesday: Digital Defense with Robust Passwords

FBI Tech Tuesday: Digital Defense with Robust Passwords

If you are like most of the rest of us -- remembering the 50,000 passwords you are required to use each day can be overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that many people just use the same password -- or a variation of one -- over and over again. Regardless of how many special characters, numbers and capital letters that you put into it -- it is still the same password over and over again.

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FBI Tech Tuesday: Digital Defense Against Ransomware at Home

FBI Tech Tuesday: Digital Defense Against Ransomware at Home

This week, we talk about the dangers that the average person faces from ransomware at home.

The set-up scenario is the same: the fraudster either gets you to click on a bogus link or attachment in your email to download malware onto your system -- or he is "seeding" legitimate websites with the malware. Either way, this malicious software takes over your system and locks it. You risk losing access to precious family photos, financial information and more.

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Defending Against Ransomware Targeting Businesses

Defending Against Ransomware Targeting Businesses

Even if it hasn't already happened to you or your company -- you probably know someone who has experienced a ransomware attack. They can be devastating to any business -- whether a Fortune 500 corporation or a mom-and-pop local store. Hospitals and government agencies - including school districts, university systems, police departments, cities and counties -- are all potentially vulnerable as well.

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FBI Tech Tuesday: Defending Against Scams Targeting the Deceased

FBI Tech Tuesday: Defending Against Scams Targeting the Deceased

This time of year you are likely seeing all kinds of ads on social media for the latest new gadget, drug or breakthrough to help you lose weight or get in shape. The before-and-after photos are stunning -- if that person can do it, as the story goes, you can, too! The best part -- you often don't have to diet or work out. Shell out a few dollars, and the new you will be shopping for bathing suits soon.

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FBI Warns Against Diet Scams

FBI Warns Against Diet Scams

This time of year you are likely seeing all kinds of ads on social media for the latest new gadget, drug or breakthrough to help you lose weight or get in shape. The before-and-after photos are stunning -- if that person can do it, as the story goes, you can, too! The best part -- you often don't have to diet or work out. Shell out a few dollars, and the new you will be shopping for bathing suits soon.

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Building A Digital Defense Against Spectre & Meltdown

Building A Digital Defense Against Spectre & Meltdown

Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against the latest cyber threat presented by the vulnerabilities in your computers and phones.

In recent days, there have been a number of media reports about two major flaws that are being called "Meltdown" and "Spectre". Almost all desktop computers, laptops, servers and cell phones are affected. These vulnerabilities could potentially allow hackers to access passwords, encryption keys and other sensitive data stored on your devices.

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Building A Digital Defense with your New Year's Resolutions

Building A Digital Defense with your New Year's Resolutions

Beginning-of-the-year resolutions are hard to make and even harder to keep. So, this week, we want to talk about a few easy-to-do things that you can accomplish -- taking on just a bit at a time. If you are like me, it is easy to forget -- so pull out your calendar and make a note to do one thing a week for the next month.

First, start with your firewall. That is a piece of hardware or software that keeps hackers or other unwelcome guests out. Often in a single computer set-up, that firewall is built into your operating system. For networked computers -- the router that connects them all together can serve as the firewall. Your job this week is to do some research on what you already have and whether you need to add any further protection. Either way, make sure that the firewall you have or get is actually turned on. In many cases, it is possible to disable the firewall -- and doing so could leave you at risk.

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Elimination Scams Targeting Christmas Debts

Elimination Scams Targeting Christmas Debts

Welcome to your day-after-Christmas-oh-my-gosh-how-much-did-I-just spend-hangover. The good news is -- you aren't alone. The bad news is that there is no easy way to get rid of that post-holiday debt... despite what all those folks on your social media feed may say.

So how does this kind of scam work? The bad guys target consumers with significant credit card debt and promise to negotiate on your behalf to reduce the debt or get rid of it all together. They often charge an up-front fee and then fail to do much if anything. And, remember when you thought they were going to help you and you gave them all your personal info -- including your social security number, bank account number and credit card details? Well, now you are also at risk for ID theft.

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FBI Increased Reward in Hunt for Sex Trafficking Suspect

FBI Increased Reward in Hunt for Sex Trafficking Suspect

The FBI's Portland Division is increasing the reward being offered to up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kamau Kambui Leland Curnal, age 29. In October 2016, a federal grand jury in Oregon charged Curnal with one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution. The indictment alleges that Curnal and a second man, Terrence T. Barnes (aka Aaron Barnes), drove a minor victim from Portland to Seattle as part of a trafficking operation. The FBI arrested Barnes in November 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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