Our business offers many different services. On the computer repair side, we are seeing more and more clients with infected devices. Viruses, or malware as we call them, are taking over like never before.
There are programs you can install and run on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis depending on the software application to help ensure you stay virus free.
There are also other ways to help you avoid these unwanted viruses that can have a hazardous effect on your devices.
BAD LINKS & EMAILS
Don’t click on links from emails that sound too good to be true. Scammers love to bait people with the hope of something free or a discount on a product or service. It’s worth taking the extra step rather than getting a virus that aids in stealing your identity. Yes, that is a real thing. Key Loggers record your keystrokes including usernames, passwords, search history, and much more. Some even go a step further as to ask you to reconfirm your information.
BAD WEBSITES & SEARCH ENGINES
Don’t click on the first result that comes up from a search engine. The first results are sponsored and not necessarily what you are looking for. We see a lot of clients who fall victim of fake support numbers supposedly from big names like Microsoft, Dell, HP, Samsung, and Apple just to name a few. They tell you your device has been compromised or needs an update then give you a number to call, usually overseas, that asks for sensitive information. Scammers pay to be in the top results so they can trick you into visiting their website. From there, they persuade you to download infected software, phish for information, or allow vulnerabilities to be exploited. Vulnerabilities give hackers control of your devices without you clicking anything. They are very dangerous.
HOW TO BE SAFE
So how do you avoid clicking on a bad link? Be more aware of the URL. Scammers can have a website that looks exactly like the real one but is off by just one letter or character. They can even come up at the top of your search list and seem legitimate. Double-check your results. The real website should be in the results but may not be on the top. Sponsored ads will be listed first, but it does not mean they are the real thing.
If you are not expecting an email from the UPS, Bank, electronics or cell phone company, IRS, government, or any other department or business then don’t click the link until you have done some research. Most businesses like the ones mentioned above send paper mail not emails. Don’t be a victim because you weren’t paying close attention.
There are many ways that scammers and hackers can deceive and steal from the public. We want everyone’s information to remain confidential and out of treacherous hands. If you would like our virus removal services and/or tricks and tips on how to stay safe, reach out to us by phone at (678) 985-8222 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org