Is that a scam email?

Yeah, probably.   That's your short answer.  But, if you want to get in the habit of being more confident about it, read on. Signs it's a scam: Bad grammar and poor spelling.  Most of these are coming from overseas from non-native English speakers. "Click here to update your account info" - real emails know…
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Chrome is really looking out for you now.

Fake download links on download pages are an easy way to accidentally install garbage software on your system.  I'm seeing more of this stuff than I am actually viruses and, unfortunately, because of shady tactics, it's usually "self-inflicted" in that the user installs it themselves. Chrome is taking steps to start blocking those with their…
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Installing a credit card skimmer takes much less time than I’d have guessed

The page I'm linking to includes a video where two scammers distract the checkout clerk and the third takes *maybe* one second to install a credit card skimmer on top of the existing transaction device.  He then double checks it, taking another second or two. Incredible...and incredibly scary. http://gizmodo.com/it-takes-these-brazen-thieves-just-seconds-to-install-a-1765447063
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Quick advice about free phone charging stations

If you saw a credit card swiper sitting out in the open, you probably wouldn't be crazy enough to just slide your card through it and "see what happens" on your bill.  Right? By the same token, you shouldn't trust free charging stations -- there may be a device on the other end of the cable…
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