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The anonymous nature of cryptocurrency transactions is ideal for con artists. seksan Mongkhonkhamsao/Moment via Getty Images

Scams and cryptocurrency can go hand in hand – here’s how they work and what to watch out for

From initial coin offerings that are totally fake to fraudsters demanding payments in crypto, scams involving cryptocurrencies are on the rise. Two experts explain why – and how to protect yourself.
Examples of ‘bad ads’ found on the web: clickbait articles, potentially unwanted programs, miracle weight loss supplements, gross-out images, and investment pitches. Screenshot by Eric Zeng

Why ‘bad’ ads appear on ‘good’ websites – a computer scientist explains

A combination of volume, technology and financial need has opened the door to sleazy and dangerous advertisements on reputable websites.
Telling elders scary stories about online scammers is not the best way to keep them safe. Olga Gavrilenko/EyeEm via Getty Images

Older Americans are given the wrong idea about online safety – here’s how to help them help themselves

Older Americans are often taught to be fearful of hackers and scammers in their midst while also being told to investigate potential threats. Better advice is to not engage.
New research aims to give phone companies tools to help curb robocalls. Peter Dazeley/The Image Bank via Getty Images

Does ignoring robocalls make them stop? Here’s what we learned from getting 1.5 million calls on 66,000 phone lines

The plague of unsolicited automated phone calls isn’t abating. By studying robocalls, scholars at the Robocall Observatory are developing ways to help shut them down.

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