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Like any community, the Internet has dark alleys and sketchy places it is best to avoid.
Granted, anyone with a connected mobile device is at risk of having his or her private personal and financial information stolen and misused.
But dangerous software and applications often lurk in specific corners of cyberspace, where a touch of a button can have disastrous consequences.
To protect yourself, for starters, be on the lookout for phony websites.
These sites may have a web address that’s similar to legitimate sites but contain misspellings, bad grammar or low-resolution images, according to McAfee Labs, which is the threat research division of Intel Security. 7 ways you would be lost without your cell phone
Double check URLs to make sure that sites are authentic and not replicas created by scammers to try to steal personal information.
A scam currently making the rounds is a message that shows up in people’s in-boxes purporting to be from Netflix.
The message instructs recipients to clink on a link to sign in and update their payment information.
But in reality, it’s a “phishing” scheme intended to steal people’s log-in and credit card information.
The link leads to a fake website, and the e-mail comes from an address that is meant to appear authentic but isn’t — it’s from @appel.com. Apple.com, obviously, is a well-known and trustworthy source of content.
The fake address, however, is not visible when the message is viewed on a cell phone. The sender simply comes up as “SUPPORT”…