University of Alabama at Birmingham: Staying cyber-aware: New social media scams to watch out for. “Every day, Americans come across scams, whether through email, text or social media. According to the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 2.8 million consumers reported a fraud in 2021, marking it the highest number of reports dating back to 2001. University of Alabama at Birmingham expert Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Computer Science, warns that cybercriminals and scammers are using new techniques that can be very convincing.”
New York Times: Text Your Friends. It Matters More Than You Think . “Calling, texting or emailing a friend just to say ‘hello’ might seem like an insignificant gesture — a chore, even, that isn’t worth the effort. Or maybe you worry an unexpected check-in wouldn’t be welcome, as busy as we all tend to be. But new research suggests that casually reaching out to people in our social circles means more than we realize.”
NJ .com: N.J. Court upholds texting conviction of driver using Google Maps. “A state Appellate Court has upheld the conviction of a motorist who was cited for texting while driving after he tapped the password into his cell phone and opened the Google Maps app to get directions.”
CNET: Fake or for real? How to know if a text from your bank is legit. “In a world in which fraudsters are increasingly finding new ways to steal from our accounts, my guard’s instantly up when I receive a text from my bank. But hackers are becoming much savvier at their game. So much so, that I almost fell for a scam this month. Here’s what happened — and the (somewhat embarrassing) lessons I learned.”
Mashable: People are freaking out over this iPhone cursor trick. “This quick trick makes texting way easier, and people can’t believe it’s existed this whole time. Trying to drag the iPhone cursor is always a hassle; no matter how precise you try to be, your fat thumbs will always get in the way of typing. It’s almost less effort to delete the text and start from scratch.” I didn’t know about this either. If you did, great. If you didn’t, check it out.