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As we are all settling in to a new normal, many of us find ourselves with more time (in some cases A LOT more time) at home. To fill this time, we often turn to the internet, and a recent Washington Post article stated that smartphone use alone is up to an average of 4 hours a day. Whatever the device, no doubt, most of us are turning to the internet with higher frequency, and unfortunately, scammers will try to take advantage.

Cybersecurity is a high priority for Fort Pitt Capital Group, and we have been sharing information to help keep our clients safe for many years. With internet usage trending higher and higher, we wanted to share a compilation of our most useful articles. Check out the links we gathered below to help yourself and your loved ones avoid scams.

Targeting Victims Through Social Media Many people are aware that scammers will try to access personal data through emails. However, cyber attackers have begun using other platforms to communicate with users, including Skype, Slack, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and gaming apps. These con artists are increasingly communicating through these platforms because people are often more casual and informal on these channels. Read More


The Art of Dodging Phony Phone Call Attacks  Many cyber attacks start with an old-fashioned phone call, mainly because there are fewer security regulations, and it’s easier to convey emotion to trick people. Read examples of fraudulent phone calls so you can avoid these scams.


Messaging Attacks Coming to a Phone Near You Ding! The notification has just gone off that you have a new text message. You open it and see a note that reads, “You won’t believe it, check out this video!” Sounds intriguing, right? But there’s a good chance this is a messaging attack. What is a messaging attack, you ask? It is when cyber attackers use SMS, texting, or messaging apps to contact and attempt to trick you into a scam. Read More


Tips for Safely and Securely Shopping Online You can bet as you ramp up your online shopping activity, cybercrooks are ramping up their activity to try and swindle you. Read more about what you need to look out for as you consider placing a purchase.


Coronavirus Scams The CDC also offers information regarding cons that take advantage of our fear surrounding COVID-19. Read more about helpful tips and warning signs.


The best defense to protect you and your family from scammers is education. If you know the red flags, you are less likely to click a link that would, at best, cause inconvenience and, at worst, wreak havoc. Your Fort Pitt Capital Group team will continue to share the latest tips and tricks that will help keep you safe and avoid scams. For more articles, you can search our blog.

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