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The Rise and Risks of AI Art Apps

McAfee Blog – 1.26.23 (1.25.23)

The popularity of AI-based mobile applications that can create artistic images based on pictures, such as the “Magic Avatars” from Lensa, and the OpenAI service DALL-E 2 that generates them from text, have increased the mainstream interest of these tools. Users should be aware of those seeking to take advantage to distribute Potential Unwanted Programs (PUPs) or malware, such as through deceptive applications that promise the same or similar advanced features but are just basic image editors or otherwise repackaged apps that can drain your data plan and battery life with Clicker and HiddenAds behaviors, subscribe you to expensive services that provide little or no value over alternatives  (Fleeceware), or even steal your social media account credentials (FaceStealer).

Source: The Rise and Risks of AI Art Apps | McAfee Blog

What Should You Do if Your Identity Has Been Stolen?

McAfee Blog – 1.25.23 (1.23.23)

It’s been like this from the start—wherever people shop, do business, or simply gather together, you’ll find thieves in the mix, ready to take advantage. And that’s truer today when it comes to life online as cybercriminals use the internet to steal financial or personal data for their personal gain—otherwise known as identity theft.  

Source: What Should You Do if Your Identity Has Been Stolen? | McAfee Blog

How To Recognise An Online Scam

McAfee Blog -1.4.22

It’s been a particularly busy and colourful week, scam-wise in our household. Between 4 family members, we’ve received almost 20 texts or emails that we’ve identified as scams. And the range was vast: from poorly written emails offering ‘must have’ shopping deals to terse text messages reprimanding us for overdue tolls plus the classic ‘Dear mum, I’ve smashed my phone’ and everything in between. 

Source: How To Recognise An Online Scam | McAfee Blog

How To Help Your Family Protect Their Online Data

McAfee Blog – 12.2.22

Whether you’re standing around the water cooler at work, waiting for your kids at the school gate or sitting around the dinner table, data breaches are without doubt the hot topic of conversation. In late September, we were all shaken when news of the biggest Australian data breach to date broke – a record 10 million Optus customers had their details stolen. But unfortunately, the data breach stories have continued with Medibank, Energy Australia, and, most recently, Woolworths also reporting that private customer data had been stolen. 

Source: How To Help Your Family Protect Their Online Data | McAfee Blog

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