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Too good to be true: Internet security threats

Facebook. Sony Playstation. Epsilon. Amazon.com. The New York Yankees.

In recent weeks all of these big name companies and corporations fell victim to Internet security data breaches or viruses.

In Facebook’s case, it’s not the company, but individual users who are being tricked into having their profiles hacked by viruses promising ways for you to see who’s viewing your profile or to see videos and pictures of Osama bin Laden’s death.

If you clicked on one of them, you weren’t alone. Members of Congress, including Massachusetts Rep. Scott Brown, were also tricked.

While Facebook viruses can easily be fixed by changing your password, the other breaches are more serious. Personal and financial information that everyone who isn’t off the grid put online is vulnerable to these breaches, which, in Epsilon and Amazon’s cases, affected the likes of 1-800-Flowers.com, the New York Times, JPMorgan Chase and Four Square.

It’s a brave new world we’re living in, and it’s not 1984 anymore, folks. Be careful what information you put online, and be wary of any too-good-to-be-true links, attachments, emails or offers you receive.

You never know when and where a computer virus is lurking.

— Long Island Business News (LIBN) is owned by The Dolan Company, which also owns the Arizona Capitol Times.

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