Download CleanMyMac X (for free!) Launch the app. Click the Malware Removal tab. Click Clean to remove the malware threats. CleanMyMac’s database is constantly updated to make sure that all the recent adware, spyware, worms, and viruses could be detected and removed for good. CleanMyMac X is an app to keep your Mac clean, fast, and protected through a number of strategies such as locating and removing large hidden files, uninstalling apps, cleaning browser and chat history, quitting hung apps and heavy CPU consumers.

There are many PayPal scams around, but the “Your Account Paypal has been limited” scam is one of the nastiest. It’s a basic phishing scam that sends out email messages in bulk.

So many people now have PayPal accounts, that this random targeting means that many PayPal users receive the emails, and some of them get them in the email account they use for PayPal. Add to that the fact that the email has a PayPal logo in it and it’s easy to see how you could be fooled into thinking it was legitimate. Phishing scams like this rely on scaring users into not thinking clearly and acting immediately. In this case, if you have funds in your account, you’re likely to want access to your account straight away. The purpose of the email is to steal usernames and passwords, so if you click on the link in the email, it takes you to a fake site and asks you to type in your details.

What does the 'PayPal account limited' email say?

The text of phishing emails is often poorly worded and contains spelling and grammatical errors. It’s one of the ways you can tell a phishing email from a legitimate message. In this case, the email says:

“Your Account PayPal Has Been Limited !

Dear Customer,

To get back into your PayPal account, you'll need to confirm your identity.

It's easy:

Click on the link below or copy and past the link into your browser.

Confirm that you're the owner of the account, and then follow the instructions.”

The grammar is pretty good in the body of the email, but the headline is poorly worded — “PayPal” and “Account” are the wrong way round. And notice that the word “paste” is spelled incorrectly. That’s one clue this is a scam. Another clue is that most organizations will address you by name, rather than “Dear Customer”.

Below the text of the email is a link that points to a .ma domain. Those are Morocco country codes and there appear to have been several similar URLs, all with Morocco country codes. If you were to click on the link in the email and arrive at one of those sites, you would be asked for your PayPal email address and password and then perhaps even your credit card details.

How to avoid being phished

PayPal provides a number of tips on how to spot phishing emails. We’ve already covered some of them here, such as looking at the sender address and looking out for a generic greeting such as “Dear Customer”, as well as checking for poor grammar and spelling mistakes.

PayPal also says it will never ask you to send sensitive information by email and that if it needs you to confirm your password, it will ask you to log in to your account. So there’s no reason to ever click on a link in an email that looks like it comes from PayPal. If you want to check on the destination link in any email, you can hover over it with the mouse pointer to see the real address.

You should also be wary of emails that generate a sense of urgency, like the Paypal account has been limited scam, which tries to make you think your account is at risk.

What should I do if I clicked a link?

First, contact PayPal and tell it you think your account may have been compromised. Also, change your password immediately.

After that, it’s worth scanning your computer for malware. There are lots of antivirus tools that will do this for free. But if you have a Mac, one of the easiest ways is to use the malware utility in CleanMyMac X, which has an up-to-date database of the latest malware.

  1. Download CleanMyMac X (for free!)

  2. Launch the app.

  3. Click the Malware Removal tab.

  4. Click Scan.

  5. Click Clean to remove the malware threats.

Done! CleanMyMac’s database is constantly updated to make sure that all the recent adware, spyware, worms, and viruses could be detected and removed for good. Download the app and scan your Mac for any vulnerabilities and threats.

The 'Your Account PayPal Has Been Limited' phishing email is designed to scare you into clicking a link and supplying sensitive information. Don’t. Instead, either delete the email or mark it as junk and forget about it. If you’re worried about your PayPal account, log into it and change your password. And if you’re worried about malware, scan your computer using and antivirus tool or CleanMyMac X.

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When browsing online, everyone leaves two sets of footprints. Most, if not every website keeps track of web visitors. Which is why most ask you to accept, click yes or agree to cookies, whereby they leave a cookie in your browser cache in case you come back.

Cookies make it easier for companies to sell things to you. Most websites also use analytics, so even if they don't track individual users, your presence is noted and registered somewhere. These traces of your online journey are stored in the servers of websites and third-party software. You can hide your presence online using encrypted Virtual Private Networks — we recommend using ClearVPN. It's the first effortless VPN solution for users who want to personalize, expand and secure their online experience. But what about your browser history that is already on your macOS?

Safari and every other web browser keeps a history of everywhere you’ve been online, including every link, every login and email. For a number of reasons, you might prefer to keep these private. To do that, you need to switch to private browsing in Safari.

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What is private browsing?

Going incognito in Safari is fairly simple. But you should know what it can and can’t do:

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  • Private browsing in Safari doesn't prevent websites from tracking you are knowing you’re there.
  • It won’t prevent the government from tracking a person, if they are trying to evade the law either.
  • Private browsing won’t remove geo-location data, your IP address or location.

Private browsing simply ensures that at home, or wherever you are, your browser (and your macOS) is not recording where you’re going online. This also prevents anyone else who shares your Mac from knowing where you’ve been, alongside any devices your Mac is synced with, such as an iPhone, iPad or any other Mac. With shared settings and iCloud, it’s easier now than ever to have data sync between devices.

How to pay less with private browsing in Safari

Another reason to use private browsing is to prevent websites with dynamic pricing from charging more.

When online travel agents (such as Priceline, Trivago, etc.) and websites selling flights detect your browser is on macOS, Apple iPhone or iPad, web visitors are usually offered a higher price than if they were browsing using an Android device. Companies assume customers using Macs earn more, so they try and charge more — the first case of a platform-based human discrimination?:)

Switching on private browsing is good for your wallet!

With Safari incognito mode, preventing higher prices and data sharing is easier than ever.

How to go incognito in Safari

Firstly, one way you can do this is clear your browser history, in Safari settings. But you'd need to remember to do this every time, which could be a nuisance.

Secondly, there’s another way to to make Safari private while browsing.

  • When you are online, go to the top menu.
  • Go to File > New Private Window from the menu bar (Another way to do this is to click Shift-Command-N using your keyboard shortcuts).
  • A new blank Safari window will open. It looks like any others, except the address bar is darker. Safari will also display that this is a private browsing window in the top.
  • Now, if you open other tabs, they should also appear in private mode. If not, then repeat the process above.

Once you close the private browsing mode windows/tabs, you will see that none of the data was recorded in the browser history.

Another way to do this is to set up Safari to always browse in private mode. Launch Safari and go to Preferences from the menu bar (or use the keyboard shortcut, Command-[comma]). From the General tab of Preferences, locate the drop-down option called Safari opens with and set this to A new private window.

And what about Skype and chat history?

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Anyone reading this is concerned enough about privacy and security to want to find a solution. As we’ve outlined in this article, there are several ways this can be done manually. Some of these fixes take time. Other solutions are fairly quick and easy to implement.

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However, we should mention that CleanMyMac X can take care of everything, so you never have to worry about privacy or security again. CleanMyMac comes with a Privacy tool, which can do the following and more:

  • Wipe browser history — as far back as you want. Isolate a specific period or wipe it right back to when you first got your Mac.
  • Clean cookies, downloads history, browser extensions, saved passwords, autofill values — completely removing any digital footprints in browsers.
  • You can also simply and easily remove Skype and message histories, attachments, conversations, calls and lists, for dozens of messenger apps. Any trace left on your Mac can be removed, in only a few clicks.

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Whichever method you use, you can now maintain Safari private browsing.

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Should you ever need to give your browser history a thorough clean, which also helps remove excess email attachments and dozens of cookies and other Internet junk, use CleanMyMac X. Get your Mac back to peak performance, speed and make yourself more productive, making the files, attachments and documents you need easier to find.

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