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Cryptocurrency has become a new asset that has value. Despite the fact that the cryptocurrency market is extremely volatile, the overall dynamics is an increase in the price of this asset. In this regard, cryptocurrency is one of the targets for scammers who use more and more ingenious and sophisticated methods of scams every year. Considering that cryptocurrency is not a physical, but a digital asset, fraudsters primarily use high-tech methods of accessing these assets, as well as methods of psychological influence. Often, the owners of cryptocurrencies themselves do not pay enough attention to the protection of their assets.

In this article, we will talk about the main types of fraud and hacking, as well as about methods and ways to counter them: 

  • updating operating systems,
  • using virus scanners (antivirus programs),
  • firewall configuration,
  • proactive protection,
  • using VPN (Virtual Private Network),
  • password management,
  • cleaning the computer,
  • and also briefly about ways to protect cryptocurrency assets and transactions - about cold and hot crypto wallets.

Scammers are always finding new ways to steal your money using cryptocurrency. One sure sign of a scam is anyone who says you have to pay by cryptocurrency. In fact, anyone who tells you to pay by wire transfer, gift card, or cryptocurrency is a scammer. Of course, if you pay, there’s almost no way to get that money back. Which is what the scammers are counting on.  

The main goals of scammers and hackers

The ultimate goal of many such scams is to send bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies to the address of the fraudster's blockchain. Traditional methods of banking and financial institutions allow you to stop payments or cancel transactions. If you think that you made a mistake or were deceived, most likely, you will be able to return this money by contacting your bank.

However, this does not apply to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin is a digital currency that is not controlled by any institution, and the cryptocurrency market itself is poorly regulated. You must be completely sure that the party or seller to whom you are sending the cryptocurrency is an object that can be trusted. After you have sent the cryptocurrency to his blockchain address, there will be no way back, and there is no one to turn to for help.

1. Scammers need access to your accounts in bitcoin or other cryptocurrency.

2. Scammers also want to gain access to your Bitcoin wallet or account. Once they have access, they will be able to send cryptocurrency anywhere

With the help of various types of fraud and cyber attacks that we have considered earlier, they hope to get:

- Private keys: Cryptocurrency wallets have a secret key (or keys) that only the owner should know. Obtaining this key allows scammers to spend money and make transactions.

- Passwords and login information: they are looking for access to the cryptocurrency accounts and applications of the victims.

- Remote access: Scammers can request remote access to your device to "solve the problem". As soon as a fraudster gets control of your device, he gets access to your cryptocurrency accounts, your financial accounts on the Internet and your entire online life.

- Information about two-factor / multi-factor authentication: They can search for 2FA / MFA codes or passwords to access your accounts and applications.

The main types of cryptocurrency fraud

Let's consider the main types of cryptocurrency fraud, as well as highlight the main ways to prevent, limit and combat these illegal actions.

  1. Posing as another person: spoofing official websites and phishing attempts
  2. False phone numbers and SMS messages from security and technical support services
  3. Fake Forking Scams
  4. DNS and Website Redirection Hacks
  5. Fake Exchanges
  6. Pump and Dump Scams
  7. Malware
  8. Bitcoin investment and business opportunity scams (Financial pyramids, Phony investment managers)
  9. Job offers and employment scams
  10. Fraud with cryptocurrency giveaways in social networks
  11. Celebrity endorsement investment scams
  12. Cryptojacking when mining bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies (Сryptojacking by unscrupulous miners)
  13. Bitcoin extortion and "sextortion" scams
  14. Bitcoin Man-in-the-Middle Attack

Here are some of the types of crypto cyberattacks and scams to look out for.

1. Posing as another person: spoofing official websites and phishing attempts.

This type of scam is the most widespread in the world of cryptocurrencies. Using phishing emails, scammers can impersonate representatives of popular cryptocurrency exchanges such as Binance, Huobi Global or peer-to-peer trading platforms, crypto exchangers, crypto lending platforms, crypto cards.

They can also impersonate companies that make hardware wallets, bitcoin wallets, and apps. Often they will announce a "security alert" in an attempt to alarm you and lure you into a fraudulent site to enter your passwords and credentials. This allows them to access your account and take over your assets.

Scammers create fake websites that look a lot like official websites. They also use psychological and emotional methods to persuade people to share their personal information.

How to protect yourself from phishing attempts

  • Avoid suspicious links. Be careful when following links. If the hacker copied the site and changed something insignificant in the URL, you could be redirected to a fake site. Also look out for grammatical errors, strange wording, phrases, and spelling errors in emails.
  • Print Yourself: To protect yourself, it's a good idea to manually enter the website name into your browser's address bar to make sure you pick the right one. A little extra time spent making sure your protection is worth it.
  • Use your browser hints: Always check your browser before entering sensitive data such as passwords. Is there a closed lock icon in front of the URL? Looking at the domain name, is there https: // in front of the site address? How to protect yourself from phishing attempts.
  • Avoid suspicious links. Be careful when following links. If the hacker copied the site and changed something insignificant in the URL, you could be redirected to a fake site. Also look out for grammatical errors, strange wording, phrases, and spelling errors in emails.
  • Print Yourself: To protect yourself, it's a good idea to manually enter the website name into your browser's address bar to make sure you pick the right one. A little extra time spent making sure your protection is worth it.
  • Use your browser hints: Always check your browser before entering sensitive data such as passwords. Is there a closed lock icon in front of the URL? Looking at the domain name, is there https: // in front of the site address? HTTPS (abbreviation for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) is an extension of the HTTP protocol to support encryption for increased security. Is the URL the correct site name? Pay attention to the domain. If this is not the case, you may be directed to a malicious, fake site.

2. False phone numbers and SMS messages from security and technical support services

Fraudsters often create false phone numbers and SMS messages for support services for cryptocurrency exchanges, wallets or applications. Through spam and phishing attempts, they will try to get crypto asset owners to call in response to fake security alerts or support requests. But be careful, because scammers may be calling you. Outgoing calls are especially dangerous because fraudsters can spoof real customer support numbers. Never give confidential information when someone calls you.

Keep in mind that this scam, like the previous one, can come from any industry. You may receive fraudulent emails and phone calls from scammers claiming to be from Amazon, Google, Netflix or your bank looking for login information, credit card numbers, or other sensitive account information.

What information do scammers - phone call imitators need?

Cryptocurrency Transactions: A scammer posing as a customer service agent may ask you to send a transaction to an external blockchain address to “verify” your address. Never make any transactions unless you are sure of the reason.

Passwords and Login Information: Never share your account password or login information for "verification" by phone or email. You should only enter it on secure parts of legitimate websites.

Private Keys: Your keys are for you and only you. Never give it to anyone.

Remote Access: Scammers can request remote access to your device to "fix a problem" you may have. You should never give a support representative (or anyone else) remote access to your computer.

Two-Factor / Multi-Factor Authentication Information: Scammers can look for two-factor authentication (2FA) codes or passwords to access your account.

3. Fake Forking Scams

Hard forks in blockchain are few and far between because they are generally the result of mistakes and/or differences of opinion that results in a coin to suddenly take two different paths, causing people to pick sides as in the case of BTC and BTH or ETH and ETC. These hard forks can cause confusion with consumers seeking to claim the new version of the digital currency- and here is where hackers are known to take advantage. They claim users can retrieve their forked coins under fake instructions online, requiring users to upload private keys to malicious addresses so their coins can be drained.

4. DNS and Website Redirection Hacks

This type of hacking results in a more sophisticated scam. A DNS hack takes control of a website’s server information then makes it redirect the user to their nearly duplicate website or a nearly duplicate wallet. At this point, you unintentionally become tricked into inputting person login information for the hackers to see, or straight out send funds to the fake wallet for them. By the time the team behind a specific ICO or exchange website has realized what is going on, the hackers could have already collected an enormous amount of funds.

5. Fake Exchanges

Fake exchanges are most easily reached through a simple search such as “bitcoin exchange.” One of the results on the search page could actually be for a fraudulent exchange website that has been set up in the hopes that people would deposit their funds to the address for the purpose of exchanging with other users. This can result in a kind of exit scam where you immediately notice a problem when you do not see your funds and cannot access them or the creators of the fake website disappear with the funding at a later date. 

6. Pump and Dump Scams

Users have figured out how to create their own schemes, where a group of crypto traders decide to band together on a platform, buy up a lot of a specific crypto, then hype up the crypto in the community. This causes the pricing to go up and a flood of people to purchase, at which point they sell off what they purchased and reap the rewards of their efforts. 

7. Malware

Malware is not a new concept but it is a major one threatening the individual theft of cryptocurrencies, and getting more sophisticated at that. They are designed to sit in your devices until something flags what it was designed to look for. For example, there is malware that is embedded in your computer and waits for you to copy and paste a crypto website. This lets the malware know to activate and it replaces the address with a malicious one designed to steal your private keys as soon as you enter them. There are also apps you can download to your phone that have malware inside designed to scan your phone for crypto-related information like crypto apps or private key use and steal that information. 

8. Bitcoin investment and business opportunity scams

According to a study by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), American consumers reported that they lost more than $ 80 million due to cryptocurrency investment fraud during Bitcoin's last bull run. This is ten times more than a year earlier. According to the FTC, almost half of these victims were between the ages of 20 and 39.

With the help of this kind of fraud, companies or individuals will contact you, offering an incredible return on investment and “financial freedom". Usually, investments are actually a scheme involving bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. There are various types of investment fraud.

  • Financial pyramids

These are recruitment schemes. In this case, people are trying to attract to the scheme with the expectation of "cosmic profit" from the cryptocurrency assets of new participants attracted to the pyramid. The idea is that you pay an upfront bitcoin or crypto payment for the right to hire. For each new participant that you recruit to participate in the program, which can provide access to advice on investing in cryptocurrency, early access to new ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) or other incentives, you are promised a reward in cryptocurrency.

Let's say you pay $ 500 in bitcoins to join the program. For each person you recruit, you can get back $ 100 in bitcoins. You offer your recruits a similar deal. The more people you recruit, the more money you earn. If you come across a scheme in the early stages that really pays off, of course, you could make money. But pyramid schemes are illegal for a certain reason: at some point, the number of recruiters outweighs the potential recruits. Scammers often use this model of payment for the game, without even paying for it.

  • Phony investment managers

Some scammers start with unsolicited offers from supposed “investment managers.” These scammers say they can help you grow your money if you give them the cryptocurrency you’ve bought. But once you log in to the “investment account” they opened, you’ll find that you can’t withdraw your money unless you pay fees.

In this scheme, you’ll be contacted by “investment managers.” They’ve apparently made millions and are well-versed in cryptocurrency trading. They can also make you millions if you let them manage your cryptocurrency. If they’re looking for small scores, they might ask for upfront fees. If they’re ambitious, they might try to hustle large sums for “investments.” Of course, the chances that they’ll actually win you anything are very slim. Instead, you’ll just lose money by paying them and giving them access to your financials. Be wary of any social media cryptocurrency “experts” reaching out to handle your investments.

9. Job offers and employment scams

Some scammers send unsolicited job offers to help recruit cryptocurrency investors, sell cryptocurrency, mine cryptocurrency, or help with converting cash to bitcoin.

Some scammers list scam jobs on job websites. They’ll promise you a job (for a fee), but end up taking your money or personal information.

Scammers might also impersonate recruiters and human resources, targeting job hunters. If your resume or CV is posted somewhere online, you might receive an interesting “job offer” letter. Most commonly, fraudsters ask for a cryptocurrency payment to start job training. Or they might be looking for cryptocurrency investors or fund managers. Either way, you’re paying up Bitcoin and won’t get anything in return.

10. Fraud with cryptocurrency giveaways in social networks

There are countless scammers who conduct fake bitcoin giveaways on social networks. They show fake screenshots with fake messages from companies or celebrities advertising cryptocurrency giveaways. Bot accounts are full of fraudulent posts that allegedly confirm their legality.

However, once you get to a fraudulent website, they will need your "address verification". You confirm your address by sending Bitcoin to a fraudulent blockchain address. They claim that they will send you cryptocurrency after they receive a confirmation payment, but you will not go that far. At best, you send them bitcoins and get nothing in return. The worst thing that can happen is that you click on a malicious link or enter your account data on a fraudulent site, which can lead to an even greater loss of money.

What to do when you are offered to take part in cryptocurrency giveaways.

Do not use blockchain address verification: Never “verify” your blockchain address by sending bitcoin or cryptocurrency.Be careful with social networks: fake screenshots and fake messages are common. Make sure that you are looking at the official page on social networks, and not at a fraudulent one.

Conduct research: there are real opportunities to earn cryptocurrency, for example, referral programs. Use Google to study a company or organization that conducts cryptocurrency giveaways. Is it legal?

Check the domains and websites: Check the URL of the cryptocurrency giveaways to make sure that it is legitimate, and not a phishing or fake site.

11. Celebrity endorsement investment scams

The UK removed nearly 300,000 links to fake celebrity endorsement scams this year. These are similar to the giveaway scams in that they use celebrities to rope in victims. Fake news stories are circulated on social media from seemingly legitimate sources like ABC or the BBC. Scammers use real photos with false testimonials from celebrities about huge gains from cryptocurrency investments. In the UK, fraudsters used Richard Branson and Ed Sheeran to push phony investment opportunities, while in Australia, fake versions of Mel Gibson and Chris Hemsworth dolled out testimonials.

12. Cryptojacking when mining bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency mining attracts many users who want to get the desired coins. However, mining remains a field for fraud and hacker attacks.

Bitcoin mining, in and of itself, is not harmful and involves using a computer to solve difficult mathematical equations for the user to earn bitcoin. The user earns bitcoin by verifying transactions on the blockchain, which is a digital ledger - similar to a bankbook - that keeps track of all the transactions of a given cryptocurrency. Each time a hash is solved, the user who solves it earns bitcoin.

However, to solve the math problems, a computer has to run nonstop, expending a lot of central processing unit (CPU) power. This takes a lot of electricity. Hackers have begun hijacking other people’s computers to use them, their resources, and the user’s electricity to mine bitcoin, which the hacker can then cash in on.

A hacker installs bitcoin mining malware on hundreds of computers to divide the work among them. All of the computers become bitcoin miners verifying bitcoin transactions. Bitcoin mining calculators have calculated the electric draw of these operations, and they are enough to cause electric bills to spike, CPUs to burn up, and computers to completely fail. 

What Are the Bitcoin Mining Risks/Security Risks?

If your computer is hacked and bitcoin mining malware is installed, your computer may be destroyed and your electricity bill may skyrocket.

Because bitcoin transactions require so much computing power to verify, the hardware for bitcoin mining has to be cooled constantly by special fans. Your average cell phone, desktop, or laptop computer does not have the cooling capabilities to keep the CPU from overheating. As a result, when a computer is hijacked for cryptocurrency mining, it often overheats and burns up.

Also, 100% of your device’s computing power may be used for mining. This can bring your computer’s operation to a halt when it comes to business-critical computations. Bitcoin mining software is designed to consume huge portions of a computer’s processing power, leaving little to no room for even relatively low-demand tasks.

In addition, your computer could be used as a launching point to spread the malware to other computers that connect to your network. This could erode the trust you have with customers, business partners, and others who depend on you to deliver services and communications safely. However, there are also specific types of scams that hackers use, and each of these can be a threat to users on your network. 

What is Cryptojacking?

Cryptojacking is also referred to as malicious cryptomining, and it is a threat that embeds itself within a computer or mobile device and then uses its resources to mine cryptocurrency.

Cryptojacking essentially gives the attacker free money - at the expense of your device and the overall health of your network. When a hacker cryptojacks a device, they are capitalizing on the device’s computing ability to solve complicated math problems. The reward for solving these problems is cryptocurrency, which can be traded in an exchange for other cryptocurrency or traditional money, often referred to as fiat currency.

Cryptojacking has been in the news for quite some time, but it has recently increased in popularity due to several factors in the cryptocurrency space. First, digital currencies have grown in popularity and are being accepted by more and more vendors and institutions. This is, in part, due to the growth of decentralized financing or DeFi.DeFi enables holders of and investors in digital currencies to engage in lending and borrowing, as well as make a profit by putting their currency in liquidity pools, which is where people borrow cryptocurrencies from. Even if a cryptojacker does not plan to spend the cryptocurrency they “earn” by using your device’s resources, they can simply put them in a liquidity pool and earn that way. Therefore, with the growth of DeFi, cryptojacking has become an increasingly present threat.

The value of cryptocurrencies, even those that may never be directly used to purchase goods and services, is central to the cryptojacking problem. Some of the tokens take so little computing power to generate that a relatively weak computer or device, once it has been hacked, can be a useful money-making tool. And because those who solve the problems are rewarded not just for generating new blocks but for verifying transactions, even a slow computer can earn a hacker money - as long as they do not have to pay the electricity bill. When your device or computer is compromised, you are supplying a hacker with both the computing power and the electricity to make money. If a hacker can cryptojack devices on your network, they can therefore get you to fund and facilitate their cryptocurrency mining.

How Cryptojacking Works

Cryptojacking works by either using malware or doing what is referred to as drive-by cryptomining. When a hacker uses malware, a portion of your computer is taken over and controlled, similar to what happens with ransomware. But unlike ransomware, the control happens unseen, in the background, while you continue to use the device. Here is how this process works, step by step:

  1. You click on a malicious link in an email. The email and link may look completely innocent.
  2. Clicking on the link loads cryptomining code into your computer, which places a mining script in the background. The script is designed to control your computer.
  3. The script captures some or all of your device’s computing power and uses it to mine cryptocurrency.
  4. The cryptojacker monitors the crypto being mined and collects it in their digital wallet.

Drive-by cryptomining has its origins in a legitimate transaction. People would openly disclose that visitors’ computers would be used to mine cryptocurrency while they were on the site. Once they left the site, their device would no longer be used to mine. This eventually gave rise to drive-by cryptomining, which involves using visitors’ devices to mine crypto without their permission. When the unsuspecting user visits the site, code is placed on their device. Not only does the user not know that their device is being used to mine but it also continues mining long after they leave the site.

Some cryptojacking malware works like a worm-style virus. It moves through your network, infecting one device after another, enslaving them all, and consuming their resources in the process.

How to Detect and Prevent Cryptojacking

It can be difficult to detect cryptojacking after it has happened because the process is often hidden or made to look like a benevolent activity on your device. However, there are some telltale signs to watch out for:

  1. Your laptop or computer’s fan is running faster than usual. This is because the cryptojacking script or website is causing it to heat up, and your fan is running to prevent melting or a fire.
  2. Your device feels much hotter than usual.
  3. Your battery is draining more quickly than it normally would.
  4. Your device is running slowly, crashing, or exhibiting unusually poor performance.

To prevent cryptojacking while visiting websites, make sure each site you visit is on a carefully vetted whitelist. You can also blacklist sites known for cryptojacking, but this may still leave your device or network exposed to new cryptojacking pages.

Another option for preventing cryptojacking while browsing is to block JavaScript, which is one of the tools used to gain access to your device’s computing power. However, this could make some important features of the sites you want to visit unusable. You can also try using programs designed to block mining while you visit websites. They install as extensions in some popular browsers.

However, an all-around cybersecurity program is a more comprehensive solution. It can serve as a catch-all because it detects threats across the board and can provide protection even if hackers find workarounds for the software designed to block mining.

Protect your devices from cryptojackers - miners: Secure your devices

To secure your devices, the following measures should be implemented:

  • Antivirus protection: 

Antivirus programs filter threats, like mining botnet infections, and keep them from attacking your devices. They can also quarantine and eliminate threats that have already penetrated your device, freeing your computer from their effects.

  • Use a personal VPN: 

On each device you use, you can access the internet with your own personal VPN. This keeps your internet use private and secure.

  • Use a firewall: 

If your internet activity happens behind the protection of a firewall, threats like those stemming from bitcoin cryptomining hacks can be kept out. Also, because the firewall can monitor the data leaving your computer, it can prevent your device from being used to hack into others. 


13. Bitcoin extortion and "sextortion" scams

Unfortunately, “I know your password” and other extortion scams are coming back. What were once low-tech, simple emails with coercion have become more complex. Fraudsters and hackers can acquire passwords and corresponding emails on the dark web due to old violations in the observance of personal data security. This way, you can see one of your old passwords in the subject of the email. Although these scams can make you worry, they are primarily aimed at your psychological stability in order to force you to send cryptocurrency to the blockchain address specified by the scammers.

For example, scammers (extortionists) may claim that they allegedly got access to your computer and its camera and received your videos or images of a frank nature. These spam emails should "shake up" the victims. The ultimate goal here is to force you to send bitcoin to the blockchain address specified by the ransomware.

What to do when you receive an extortion or "sextortion" email:

  • Don’t replyDon’t answer, and don’t send any payments. You can report the email to the FBI’s Internet Crimes Complaint Center IC3 if you’re in the US. Report international scams at EConsumer. If you receive the message through your work email, tell your company’s IT department.
  • Change your passwordsIf you haven’t changed your passwords in a while, now’s the time to do so. Make sure they’re different across each account, and that they contain a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers.
  • Mark as spamAfter you’ve reported the email, mark it as spam and delete it. That way future messages from the sender won’t find their way into your main inbox.
  • Run a malware scan: Run a scan to check your computer or device for any malware, just to make sure you’re safe. 
  • Your antivirus software may be out of date and needs to be updated. Explore the best options and offers of paid and free antivirus software such as Avira, Avast, BullGuard and Norton, and install it.

14. Bitcoin Man-in-the-Middle Attack

A man-in-the-middle attack is not a scam, but a real cyberattack that can happen when you use public Wi-Fi. This can be an airport, train station, restaurant or cafe. A hacker intercepts data between your device and your internet router. This allows cyber thieves to read any data you send, including passwords, login details, and private keys.

If you are logged into a bitcoin app, wallet, or cryptocurrency exchange account, thieves can access your bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies. It is even possible that this can happen at home or on a reliable network if the hacker is close enough to intercept the signal from your Wi-Fi.

How to protect yourself against a man-in-the-middle attack:

The best way to stop a MITM attack is to block the middle man. This is easy with a good, reliable VPN. A VPN encrypts all data going to and from your device. So if a hacker intercepts your data at the airport, they won’t be able to read it due to that encryption.

A VPN also protects you from being snooped by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). If an employee misuses access or someone hacks into your ISP, they will also be unable to decrypt your information due to the VPN. When it comes to security, security experts recommend NordVPNSurfSharkExpressVPN, WeVPN and other companies. They are among the TOP 10 leaders of VPN providers and have a well-deserved reputation in the information security market.

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What steps do I need to take to stay safe online?

Currently, the Internet poses several risks for the average user. Hackers will try to get to us through phishing emails, malware and insecure networks. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect yourself from impending dangers. Thus, it is reasonable to protect your computer with our 8 steps:

  1. Update your operating system
  2. Use a virus scanner
  3. Configure the firewall
  4. Install proactive protection
  5. Use a VPN
  6. Manage your passwords
  7. Beware of malicious emails or websites
  8. Keep your computer clean

1. Update your operating system

When operating systems like Microsoft and Android come out with an update, this is often intended to fix leaks in older versions. Older operating systems, such as Windows XP, are no longer updated, which can lead to security leaks. These information leaks are used by cybercriminals to harm your device or steal your personal information. That's why it's so important to keep your operating systems up to date.

2. Use antivirus software

A good virus scanner is of paramount importance. Most antivirus programs nowadays also check for malicious files, malware, and sometimes malicious websites. This type of software is very easy to install, and you will not notice how it works in the background. This is an important step in protecting your online activity.

We recommend using BullGuard, Avast, or Avira as an antivirus. They are often called the best in their field. Moreover, they are easy to use and will not affect the speed of your computer or smartphone.

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Run a malware scan 

It is important to protect yourself against malware. To do so, the best option is to install a good antivirus program, also called a virus scanner.

An antivirus program is a software program that protects your computer, laptop, tablet, phone, or other internet connected device against malware. Antivirus software, also known as a virus scanner, identifies viruses and subsequently stops and removes them.

3. Install a firewall

The firewall protects your computer to some extent from viruses, worms, Trojans and hackers. Firewalls scan everything that enters your computer and determine whether it is malicious. When something is considered dangerous, it is isolated and removed.

Most of the new computers are equipped with their own firewall. It is important to check whether it is really enabled. You can check this in your device's settings. If you have a Windows 10 computer, you can find it by typing "firewall" in the search bar in the settings. Make sure that your firewall is always on!

You can also install the firewall yourself. Companies specializing in online security, such as BullGuard, Norton, McAfee and Bitdefender, offer their own firewalls. If you already have one of their firewalls, you can use it. However, this means that you need to disable the Windows Firewall.

Which security and privacy software should I choose, which one is better?

As for the choice of antivirus software, you should pay attention to BullGuard.

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1. Do you want to try out the free versions of the BullGuard software? Then, follow this link to the official website of BullGuard and download the free versions of the security and privacy software in the footer: Internet Security, Antivirus, Premium Protection, Mobile Security.

2. There is also another alternative. This is Avast.

From our analysis, the best free antivirus program to use to protect your device is Avast Free Antivirus. This option provides you with all of the basic protection you’ll need to keep your computer safe while you browse the internet or download reputable files. Avast Free Antivirus also protects your iOS and Android devices online, giving you an all-around reliable option.If you’re interested in the paid version of this plugin, visit the download page

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4. Install proactive protection

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Heimdal PRO is a cyber threat protection suite that includes 3 layers of protection against ransomware, financial Trojans, data-stealing malware and other threats that antivirus can't detect.

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Heimdal is compatible with any Windows environment from Windows 7 to 10, MacOS 10.13 - High Sierra and above: 10.14 - Mojave and 10.15 - Catalina, Android (6.0 and above). 

Heimdal Threat Prevention works seamlessly with any antivirus, including but not limited to: Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, Esset, F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, Malwarebytes, Norton, Trend Micro, Webroot, Windows Defender and more. Heimdal Threat Prevention Home provides essentials layers of security, complementing your Antivirus, in order to catch even the most advance threats that traditional Antivirus solutions can’t see.

We do recommend however that you opt for Heimdal Premium Security Home which includes both the functionality in Threat Prevention but also a Next-gen Antivirus engine so you have all the security you need in a single suite.

5. Manage your passwords

Many people use only one password or a variation of it on the Internet. Therefore, you are very vulnerable to a hostile takeover. Because hackers only need to figure out one of your passwords to gain access to all your accounts. Just as you have different keys to your home, car and workplace, you also need to create original passwords for all your online accounts.

To ensure that it's virtually impossible for someone to crack your password, you need to make it relatively long, ideally with random letters, numbers, and symbols. If your password is long enough and as random as possible, there is less chance that you will become a victim of password hacking.


The security of crypto assets begins with a strong password

Experts do not advise you to make your passwords reliable for nothing. This is especially true for your Bitcoin and cryptocurrency accounts. On average, a person has about 25 accounts for which he needs to remember passwords, which can be quite a difficult task. We all have a bad habit of reusing passwords for different sites. We also tend to create weak passwords and do not change them for years.

You should make sure that your passwords related to bitcoins and cryptocurrencies are reliable, change frequently and are not reused for other sites. Do not use anything that can be easily associated with you - for example, the schools you attended, the job you worked at, the place where you were born, the names of children or pets - and make it a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers.

The question arises: how are you going to track all these strong passwords? Password managers come to the rescue here. They help you create, store and manage complex and secure passwords.

If you are looking for some of the best password managers: try Sticky Password or NordPass.

Password Manager NordPass in combination with NordVPN is a comprehensive security solution.

These programs can also generate completely random passwords for you so that you know that they are reliable. Often you only need to remember one central password for the password manager. We can recommend Sticky Password because it is easy to use and easy to install. Sticky Password offers a free version for 30 days, and with their paid version, you can sync your passwords on multiple devices. You can download Sticky Password from their website, which you can access by clicking the link.

You can also get a 50% discount when buying Sticky Password Premium. To do this, follow this link to the official offer page.

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If you need to expand the functions of a password manager, strengthen security, pay attention to the unique product of the company LogMeOnce.

LodMeOnce is a program that allows you to generate and store all your passwords in a safe location. Most of them let you also keep credit card information as well as secure notes. 

For even more security and convenience LogMeOnce advanced security supports using biometric data (fingerprint or face) instead of your master password for even more security and convenience.

You can also securely share passwords, notes, files with trusted family and friends.And so, instead of memorizing all the login information you use for hundreds of sites, you only have to remember one master password when using a LogMeOnce password manager.

6. Beware of emails and websites

Never open emails or websites that you don't trust! You probably know that scammers use fake emails to get information or money. This is called phishing and is often used to gain access to accounts.

Unfortunately, opening an email or clicking on a damaged link can already be harmful. If someone from your contact list is infected with a virus, you may receive a suspicious email from them. It will look as if the person you know sent you an email, but this is far from the truth. For this reason, it is important to always check the subject of an email and consider whether it is logical that you receive an email from this person on this topic. If you've received an email from someone you haven't spoken to in 10 years, you might want to be careful.

It's the same with websites. Always check whether the web address you are going to visit looks legitimate. Some scammers create a copy of the website and change only one letter in the web address. This can be overlooked, and this is a way to trick you into thinking that their website is real. In addition, you should make sure that the website has an HTTPS connection, which means that it has been authenticated. Although it happens that illegitimate websites find a way to position themselves as HTTPS websites, this rarely happens. To check if a website is secure, you can see if it has a green lock next to the web address.

7. Keep your device clean

As soon as you use your computer for a while, you will notice that it becomes slower. During everyday use, many files are saved on your computer, which are never completely deleted. Some (unnecessary) information remains on your hard drive. Sometimes it can be harmful.

To clean your computer, you will need a special cleaning program. A good choice for such a program is CCleaner. With CCleaner, you can easily rid your hard drive of unnecessary files. You don't need to change CCleaner settings after installing it, because automatic settings are perfect. After installation, you can immediately start using the program.

It is wise to use CCleaner at least once a week to clean up your computer a little. This way you will keep your computer spotlessly clean and prevent malicious files from getting on your hard drive. CCleaner is a free tool with a paid option that you can download from their own website. Thanks to the paid option, CCleaner is updated automatically, and you can configure it to be cleaned at pre-determined intervals.

8. Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network)

In addition to protecting your computer, it is also important to protect your internet connection. Wi-Fi networks, especially public ones, are not always secure. Public Wi-Fi in places like hotels and airports can be risky, but even your home network can be manipulated. Wi-Fi networks are often targeted by hackers because they provide them with the perfect way to access all your personal information.

Moreover, websites create a profile of their visitors by tracking all the pages that you go to. They can use this information themselves or sell it to other companies. This type of profile can also be used for identity fraud. Fortunately, you can protect your connection with a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which will preserve your anonymity and keep your data protected.

A VPN routes all your internet traffic through a secure VPN tunnel that no one can access. Your data is encrypted, which makes it unreadable in case of interception. With a VPN, you can log into your bank account or access other confidential information without fear that someone is watching. In addition, you can install a VPN on all devices connected to the Internet. Thus, regardless of whether you have a computer, tablet or smartphone, your internet connection can be protected using a VPN.

We recommend ExpressVPN, SurfShark or NordVPN to protect your devices without unnecessary hassle.

These providers are easy to use and very secure. You can sign up for a risk-free subscription using the fields below (all of these providers offer a 30-day money-back guarantee).

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What is a VPN?

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a technology that is used to secure users’ private network traffic over a public network, such as the internet. VPN is used for: 

  • Protecting your data and web traffic from unauthorized parties
  • Masking your real location and anonymizing your identity
  • Bypassing content geo-restrictions and unblocking websites and services

To deliver its benefits, a VPN needs several components: VPN servers, VPN protocols, and encryption protocols. This security mix ensures the privacy and integrity of your sensitive data throughout its journey from your device to the destination site or service.

How VPN Technology Works

How VPN Technology Works

In lay terms, VPN technology creates a secure tunnel between your device and the site, service, or piece of content that you’re trying to access. This includes the following steps:

1. Traffic encryption 

All the data you’re about to send to the internet (e.g. your messages, account passwords, search queries, etc.) is encrypted. This allows VPN technology to protect your information from accidental data leaks or from getting intentionally intercepted by hackers and other cybercriminals. 

2. Routing your traffic through VPN servers

Next, your data is transferred via a VPN server instead of going to the destination directly. This hides your real IP address and physical location - anyone attempting to trace back your traffic will only be able to get as far as the IP address of the VPN server. Masking your IP solves two problems at once:

  • Protecting your privacy and anonymity
  • Unblocking any content that’s available in the region where the VPN server is located

3. Additional security, privacy, etc.

This step includes any extra benefits that your particular VPN provider offers. 

Should I use a VPN for cryptocurrency transactions?

VPNs do improve your crypto security but only from the privacy side of things. As you may know, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies (except privacy coins) are not anonymous but pseudonymous. It makes it rather easy to track your financial activities once you go through a KYC/AML verification. After all, all transactions are stored on a distributed public ledger, and you also leave an IP footprint at crypto exchanges and other internet service providers.

A good privacy-oriented VPN service helps you to protect your identity from whoever wants to track you, be it hackers, a government agency, or a malicious third-party. It’s a commonly accepted fact that privacy a fundamental human right amongst civilized people. No one can steal your hard-earned money if they don’t know it’s you who owns it, which is why privacy is the ultimate security measure.

Speaking of bitcoin and crypto security, you shouldn’t sweat it - all cryptocurrency protocols are designed with the highest level of security in mind and use end-to-end encryption. Most exchange websites use HTTPS end-to-end encryption, too, so no one can intercept the data you send directly to them unless you're exposed to critical security vulnerabilities. A VPN service adds an extra layer on top of that, which makes all of your web interactions more secure.

These are the key reasons why you should use a VPN when working with cryptocurrencies:

  • VPN encrypts the data you send through the network, making it harder to intercept.
  • VPN adds another layer of security against malware, viruses, and phishing attacks.
  • It hides your IP address to prevent IP tracking by hackers, government officials, and forensic analysis firms, so you can buy and sell crypto completely anonymously (if you avoid KYC/AML exchanges).
  • A privacy-oriented VPN doesn’t store your logs and has a kill-switch, which helps to maintain your anonymity. [*]Don’t fall for free VPNs for your crypto activities, as these service providers tend to fund themselves by selling your private data. If you are serious about your privacy and security, go for a paid VPN, as they are more reliable and secure.

Which VPN should I use for cryptocurrency transactions?

There is a sea of VPN providers out there, so it takes days of research to find the right one. Even so, not every service provider is reliable, especially when it comes to privacy and anonymity.If that’s your concern, you should look for a VPN with a strict no logs policy and a kill-switch function. No logs mean the service provider doesn’t collect your browsing data, so activity remains completely private. Otherwise, your browsing activities are logged and can be turned over to governments with surveillance programs or sold to advertisers.

The kill-switch feature terminates your internet connection without exposing your IP address when there are connection issues between you and the VPN service. In other words, it prevents websites from accessing your real IP address in case of a VPN connection failure. That’s why it is vital for your privacy, too.

VPN providers with the highest reliability rating and, at the same time, reputation are usually located in countries where there are no mass control programs:

For example, countries like the British Virgin Islands, Panama, and Switzerland don't force VPNs to collect and store user data, which is somewhat liberating in today’s digital world.In contrast, many VPNs advertise themselves as privacy-oriented services only to hand over your private information when surveillance agencies request it.

Be wary of the some VPN services that are based in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, which are also known as the “Five Eyes” countries.

The same goes for “free” VPN services.

So which VPN is the best for cryptocurrency transactions?

One of the most recommended VPN’s out there is SurfShark. Based in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), it’s by far the most advanced and reliable VPN for cryptocurrency enthusiasts. 

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The best providers differ from the rest in that they offer not only a VPN service, but also a wide range of privacy protection tools designed to provide users with the opportunity to seamlessly improve their security on the network. 

For example, the Surfshark provider, within the framework of a strict no logging policy, offers:

  • Surfshark VPN: Protect your online identity, stay private at all times and access geo-restricted content;
  • Surfshark Search: Search privately and get truly organic results; The real incognito mode for searches you don’t want anyone to see;
  • Surfshark Alert: Protect your identity with data breach monitoring; Get real-time alerts when your emails & passwords are at risk of being hacked;
  • CleanWeb™: Surf in a clean cyber ocean with no ads, trackers, malware and phishing attempts;
  • Trust DNS: Enables to unlock generic content securely, blocks ads, doesn’t log data;
  • GPS Spoofing: Change not only your IP address, but also physical GPS location on your Android phone to boost up your privacy;
  • Antivirus: Scan for viruses and remove harmful files.

Surfshark is the only VPN provider that allows you an unlimited number of simultaneous connections.

In addition, like any other VPN provider that respects privacy, SurfShark accepts payments in cryptocurrency. At the moment, you can pay for it using Bitcoins (BTC) , Ethereum (THE), Ripple (XRP). The providers of cryptocurrency payments are the cryptocurrency payment systems CoinGate and CoinPayments.

SurfShark also offers great deals. Right now, you can get an 81 % discount if you register using this link.

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Note: The core premise of Surfshark is to humanize online privacy protection and develop tools that protect user's privacy beyond the realm of a virtual private network (VPN). A company developing Surfshark privacy protection software – Surfshark Ltd. – is registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) as a part of a strict no-logs policy. Although based in the BVI, Surfshark has a globally distributed team working in Germany, Cyprus, the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Philippines, Ukraine, and Lithuania.

Secure Wi-Fi with VPN

VPN is the most complete solution for a secure Internet connection. You don't have to deal with hackers or anyone else watching over your virtual shoulder. VPN encrypts all your internet traffic. No one will be able to see what you are doing on the Internet. All they see is a mess of symbols.

Install VPN. When you go online, you send information to the website you visit. This information is encrypted by VPN software on your device. All information sent by the website is also encrypted and is only decrypted after it reaches your device again. Even if a hacker manages to break into the Wi-Fi network, he won't be able to see what you are doing. More importantly, they cannot collect personal information or login information and password.

A VPN is not just a useful tool to prevent hackers from obtaining your personal information. Aside from security it offers you freedom and anonymity. With a VPN you are free to browse the internet without any restrictions. You can bypass online censorship and geographical restrictions on streaming services like Netflix. Moreover, everything you do online is anonymous. Because you take on the IP address of the VPN server you can browse anonymously, download anonymously, and even sign up for an anonymous email provider with a VPN subscription. Nobody will be able to connect your actions online to your internet connection or location. A VPN is the solution to access the internet worry-free on all your devices.


How to protect your crypto assets

Fraud and cyber attacks against your crypto assets are external threats that you cannot influence in any way. But you should be ready to take all actions to counter these potential threats and use all means to ensure the safety and security of your cryptocurrency.

First of all, you should never store your cryptocurrency on exchanges. Exchanges are designed for trading, not for storing cryptocurrencies. Although these trading platforms have enhanced security protocols, they are the main target of hackers. Fortune estimates that over the past decade, hackers have tried to steal almost $ 2 billion worth of bitcoins, and in most cases they succeeded. The number of attacks on exchanges is increasing every year.

The most secure way to store bitcoins and other crypto assets are cryptocurrency wallets. It is important to note that the leading hardware wallets, such as Ledger and Trezor, allow the user not only to store cryptocurrencies, but also to safely exchange, sell, buy, send and even place on stacking. You can learn more about the best hardware wallets in our reviews. You can also explore new models and current prices of hardware wallets in the official online stores of hardware wallet manufacturers.

Protect crypto assets with digital wallets

These wallets interact with the blockchain network in which cryptocurrencies work. Everyone has a private key and a public address. The private key allows you to access the wallet to make purchases, send cryptocurrency or transfer it to exchanges, peer-to-peer platforms or crypto lending platforms. A public blockchain address allows you to receive transactions.

There are different types of wallets that meet different needs of consumers.

Cold wallets

Cold wallets are stored offline and are not connected to the Internet. These wallets are physical (real) equipment (for example, a Ledger looks like a USB drive), are considered the most secure and carry the least risk. They are best suited for long-term investors who want to hold on. They are best compared to personal safes. Take a look at the Ledger Nano S hardware wallet to get an idea of a cold wallet.

Ledger Nano S Hardware Wallet

Paper wallets (printed on paper with keys and QR codes) were popular in the early days of Bitcoin. However, with the advent of hardware wallets, they went out of fashion. You do not physically print or store bitcoins as a currency, but simply print the information about the bitcoins of the digital wallet.

Card Wallet by Coinfinity. The Card Wallet is a high-secure way for storing Bitcoin and Ether offline, developed by Coinfinity and the Austrian State Printing House.

Since paper wallets are easily damaged, misread or lost, some experts usually do not recommend using them. Although, others believe that a paper wallet in combination with a cold and hot wallet, as well as a metal backup of the seed phrase, are the safest way to protect your crypto assets. One of the best companies for the production of paper wallets that are made to your order at the Austrian State Printing House with the maximum number of security elements is the Coinfinity (Card Wallet) company. The Card Wallet is a high-secure way for storing Bitcoin and Ether offline. 

Hot wallets

Hot wallets are connected to the Internet and are more suitable for purchases, transactions and active traders. They are easy to set up and easy to access. Usually, investors and traders keep large amounts in cold wallets, and smaller amounts in hot ones. 

Here are a few options for hot wallets:

Desktop Wallets: This is software that is downloaded, encrypted and stored on your laptop or desktop device. If your device is connected to the Internet, be sure to install a good antivirus software. Check out the Exodus wallet to get an idea.

Mobile wallets: Mobile wallets are similar to desktop wallets, but for smartphones and mobile devices. They provide more convenience and can offer QR transactions for those who regularly use and trade digital currency. Since they are connected to the Internet, they are less secure.

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Web wallets: These are wallets that you access via the Internet. Although they are the most convenient, they are also the most insecure. They are vulnerable to DDoS and other cyber attacks. If a data leak occurs on the storage site, your information will also be at risk.


Frequently Asked Questions

Fraud with bitcoins and cryptocurrencies that you should beware of: counteraction measures, precautions and protection methods.

1. What are the most dangerous scams with bitcoins and cryptocurrency?

The most common scams with bitcoins are phishing emails, fake websites, as well as fraud with impersonating another person of a cryptocurrency company. There are often fraudulent cryptocurrency giveaways on social networks that try to lure you to malicious sites.

2. What should I do if I received an email with blackmail about my bitcoin wallet?

Do not respond and do not send any payments. Instead, you should:

  • Change your passwords
  • Report the extortion
  • After you have complained about an email, mark it as spam and delete it. This way, the sender will not be able to return to your main mailbox.

3. How can I protect my Bitcoin and other crypto assets?

  • You should keep your digital assets in a hot or cold wallet. Cold wallets are hardware-based and are not connected to the Internet, which makes them more secure.
  • Regularly update the firmware of the hardware wallet.
  • Learn new models of hardware wallets. The level of technological solutions is constantly growing. There are hardware wallets of a new generation, for example, with an air gap - study these models of devices.
  • In addition, always use the VPN of leading providers when trading, exchanging, selling and making other online transactions with cryptocurrency to protect your Internet connection.
  • Update the software. 
  • Use password managers.

4. I want to use a free VPN for cryptocurrency trading. Is it safe?

No, we do not recommend using free VPNs to trade cryptocurrencies as they are often very insecure.

Many free VPNs load malware, spyware, and other nasty programs onto your system. They often have bandwidth or data limits, offer low speeds, and sometimes don't even care about encrypting or protecting your data.

Many of them make money by selling user data to third parties.This does not provide any of the benefits a VPN cryptocurrency trader needs.

The TOP 10 paid VPN services will only cost you a couple of dollars a month. And the benefits of these VPNs more than outweigh their modest costs.

5. What is Antivirus Software?

An antivirus program identifies malware on your computer and subsequently ensures that this malware, whether a computer virus or worm, for example, is eliminated before it causes any damage. Antivirus programs are also called virus scanners. If you want to properly protect your computer, phone or other device while browsing the internet, an antivirus program is a must.

6. What is the best antivirus program?

There are paid as well as free antivirus programs. Free is always nice, of course, but paid versions are generally better and/or will most likely better fit your needs. BullGard is a great option to protect your devices. Do you want to try out the free versions of the BullGuard software? Then, follow this link to the official website of BullGuard and download the free versions of the security and privacy software in the footer: Internet Security, Antivirus, Premium Protection, Mobile Security.

There is also another alternative. This is Avast.

From our analysis, the best free antivirus program to use to protect your device is Avast Free Antivirus. This option provides you with all of the basic protection you’ll need to keep your computer safe while you browse the internet or download reputable files. Avast Free Antivirus also protects your iOS and Android devices online, giving you an all-around reliable option.If you’re interested in the paid version of this plugin, visit the download page

7. How does an antivirus program work?

Most virus scanners use a combination of a so-called blacklist and threat detection to protect you against malware. The blacklist is a collection of code that the virus scanner knows to be viruses. If the software encounters this code, the code will be deleted, and the device is safe.Threat detection is a predictive technique an antivirus program uses to discover suspicious code in newer viruses. However, on some occasions, perfectly safe programs are accidentally labeled as viruses.

8. What steps do I need to take to stay safe online?

Currently, the Internet poses several risks for the average user. Hackers will try to get to us through phishing emails, malware and insecure networks. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect yourself from impending dangers. Thus, it is reasonable to protect your computer with our 8 steps:

  • Update your operating system
  • Use a virus scanner
  • Configure the firewall
  • Install Proactive Protection
  • Use a VPN
  • Manage your passwords
  • Beware of malicious emails or websites
  • Keep your computer clean

9. How to Browse the Internet Anonymously

There are several steps you can take in order to better protect your online safety and privacy. Do you want to browse the internet anonymously? Then these are the tips we’d like to give you:

  • Install a VPN, such as ExpressVPN, NordVPN or SurfShark.
  • Use Mozilla Firefox or the Tor browser.
  • Use a proxy server as an alternative to a VPN.
  • Use an anonymous search engine, like DuckDuckGo.
  • Minimize tracking with the right browser extensions, such as adblockers and anti-tracking software.
  • Adjust your privacy settings on social media sites.

If you combine these tips, your online privacy is much better guarded already. You’ll be able to browse the internet much more anonymously.