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Caution: The “Pig Butchering” Phishing Expedition

In the article “Caution: The ‘Pig Butchering’ Phishing Expedition,” I delve into a sophisticated scam I recently discovered through John Oliver’s HBO show. “Pig Butchering” is a phishing scam that merges romance and investment fraud, often involving cryptocurrency. Scammers meticulously build trust over time, aiming to exploit it for financial gain. I emphasize the importance of watching John Oliver’s segment on this topic, as it provides crucial insights into the scam’s workings and its widespread impact. The article outlines practical steps to avoid falling victim to “Pig Butchering,” including skepticism towards unsolicited messages, the importance of research, and never sharing personal or financial information online. Awareness and caution are highlighted as the best defenses against such scams.

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Just What is a WordPress “Pingback” Anyway?

In the realm of WordPress, a “pingback” is a digital acknowledgment sent when one website links to another. For instance, if an article on CharlesWorks.com references CWCorner.com, the latter receives a notification in its comments section, given both sites have pingbacks enabled. While similar to trackbacks, pingbacks are automatic and only display the link. They can enhance SEO and foster blogger interactions but may also attract spam. Users can manage pingbacks in their WordPress settings and use plugins like Akismet for spam protection.

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