Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Trader Beware: Are You an Easy Target for Ransomware?

Traders today totally rely on the software and data on their trading computers. Would you be able to operate your trading business if you were suddenly locked out of your trading laptop or desktop? For most traders, the answer is “No”. Scammers and hackers are aware of these vulnerabilities. They know the information traders store on their personal and trading computers has immense operational value. So fraudsters are continuously inventing new ways to take your data hostage. In general, malware that blocks access to your data is referred to as ransomware. Ransomware locks access to your files by encrypting them. (more…)

3 Online Scams That Can Take Down Your Trading Business

Nowadays, when trading is your business, you need the best hardware and software to support your daily activity. But you also need some key high-end services, such as a great broker and great research providers, to keep your business running smoothly. Unfortunately, scammers are eager to target your trading business with fraudulent services or empty promises of delivery. The unwary can easily fall victim to their various schemes, putting their trading businesses at risk. Here are some online scams that can adversely affect the day-to-day operations of your trading business. (more…)

Trader Beware: Phishing, Vishing, and SMishing, Oh My!

More than a third of all online scam attacks involve phishing emails or malicious attachments. As traders, we’re already aware of best practices for protecting our trading and financial data from such attacks. Popular phishing schemes have an element of urgency, such fake invoices and sales receipts for things you didn’t order, or fake fraud alerts. The basic goal of phishers is to get you to click on a link or open an attachment. From there, they take you to a website that asks for your information, or they download malware to your trading computer. As we’ve become more savvy about avoiding these scams, new ones have been invented. Continue to protect yourself by becoming aware of the new variations on the basic phishing idea. Here are a few: (more…)

Trader Beware: Avoiding Social Security Impersonation Scams

If you are in the trading business, I know you already try your best to keep your business and personal information separate. However, from time to time, you might still need to give out your social security number. Before you do, just know that social security scams are rampant. The Social Security Administration (SSA) issued a warning recently citing the rise in SSA impersonation schemes. (more…)

Trader Beware: Recognize These Social Media Scams

If you’re like most traders, you’re using social media on your trading computer and mobile devices without giving it a second thought. But today’s social media is fraught with scammers trying to get access to your devices. I’m not suggesting you go cold turkey and stop using social media altogether. But you should be aware of the dangers, so you can avoid being a victim. Here are some common social media scams that can pose a threat to your trading business. (more…)

Trader Beware: Still More Bitcoin Scams to Avoid

When you’re online hours a day, especially when you’re dealing with financial trades every day, it’s super important to stay vigilant about scams. A key part of being vigilant is staying up-to-date on the latest cons. Right now, a lot of those new cons have developed around the cryptocurrency market. In a previous article, we discussed how to guard against fake exchanges, wallets, and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). In this article, we dive deeper into other techniques of cryptocurrency scammers.

Phishing

When you’re trading in bitcoin or cryptocurrencies, sooner or later you’re going to come across phishing scams. In most cases, you’ll receive an email that will look like it is from your cryptocurrency exchange or wallet provider. The phishing email will ask for information to verify your identity. After you supply your account information, the scammers have what they need to go into your actual exchange or wallet to steal funds. (more…)

Trader Beware: Can You Spot These Common Bitcoin Scams?

In a previous article, we talked about avoiding tech support scams. If you own a computer, you’re liable to be a target of those scammers. But that’s just the tip of the proverbial online scam iceberg. Today, we’ll look at a new type of scam, targeting traders looking to cash in on the new bitcoin […]

Traders: Don’t Become a Victim of a Tech Support Scam

Most of my customers are great at trading, but not so great at knowing what to do when their trading computer has a hardware or software problem. Unfortunately, there are lots of scammers out there looking for just this type of person. They know how much you, as a trader, depend on your computer. And […]

Are You Still Falling for These 5 Trading Computer Myths?

Have you ever mistaken a myth for the truth? We all have. For example, everyone thinks lightning never strikes the same place twice. That’s a myth. And a dangerous one at that. You’ll never hear the Weather Channel announcer telling you to go stand where lightning has already struck because you’ll be safe there. A myth many traders seem to live by is that a stock trading near a 52-week low is a good buy. As I like to tell my trading students, “You can’t catch a falling knife.” Being a successful trader and believing in myths don’t go together. And if we’re not careful, we may get caught believing an idea that later turns out to be false. In this post I want to address a few common myths about trading computers I hear all the time from traders calling our office. (more…)

What Can Bluetooth Do for Your Trading Business?

Bluetooth is an often-overlooked resource for improving efficiency in any trading business. For example, traders can connect Bluetooth devices like headsets and cameras to their trading computers. This can transform a computer into a communications powerhouse. If you have been curious about Bluetooth, the discussion below supplies the basics of the underlying technology. It will […]