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10 Top Hacker Scams and How To Stop Them

July 2017: No one wants to be scammed — it can lead to problems ranging from a messed-up device to identity theft to holding your network hostage for a ransom.

Scroll through this list of 10 top hacker scams and see what you can do to stay on top of your no-scammer game.

ScamWhat it doesHow to stop it
1. PhishingTricks you into downloading malware like ransomware, spyware, trojans and wormsStop clicking on links in emails and texts from people you don’t know
2. Wireless hijackingGets into your network through your modem or routerChange the default password on your modem and router. Password protect your WiFi and be stingy about sharing your password
3. ImpersonationFools customer service reps into believing they’re talking to youEnable two-step and lie on your security question answers so they’re tougher to guess
4. TheftAttempts to gain access to everything on your phone and all of its appsDisable automatic wifi joining. Disabled bluetooth when not using it Always protect your device with a password or fingerprint sensor and enable remote wiping
5. Fake downloads and adsTricks you into downloading malware like ransomware on your deviceDon’t click even if the ad is really good and keep anti-malware up to date
6. Old-system vulnerabilitiesEnters your computer or network through vulnerabilities that aren’t patchedUpdate your operating system (OS) so you get all the current patches, OS versions and apps
7. KeyloggingFigures out your login credentials for your accounts by tracking your keystrokesUse updated anti-malware and a password manager so you don’t need to use keystrokes when logging in
8. Fake appsTricks you into downloading apps that are really malwareDouble-check the logo and reviews to avoid imposters (Google Play isn’t perfect at vetting apps yet)
9. Password hackingFinding your passwords online or on your device or getting them through brute forceChange default passwords immediately and all passwords regularly and use a password manager
10. Facebook phishingGaining access to your information by friending you or impersonating other friends who you trustDon’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know or who you’re already friends with and don’t log in on public devices


Leapfrog is all about keeping you away from the top 10 hacker scams and helping you stay secure when using technology, but the last thing we want is to slow you down. We help organizations avoid scams and worse through our managed services, security and compliance solutions, software training and our incredibly smart help desk staff who help clients troubleshoot any (and we mean any) technology problems they might be having.

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