1. Using key words in Google you expect the website links to bring the information you are looking for and click on a link. A window opens up looking like its showing your computer details. It states you have a virus and to run the software ” click here” to remove it. What has actually happened is the legitimate website has been hijacked by hackers and is actually not in your computer…YET! It has opened a new browser window looking like your computers files. All it can really see right now is that your a MAC or a Windows computer and therefore will pop up different window views based on that basic information. It is not your computer. Just close the browser and don’t click on any of the links in that browser window. Then quit the browser and relaunch it. Don’t go to that site again and report that the site has a virus.
2. Another popular way hackers attack is with virus and trojans through email scams. They do this in many ways and the most common is an email that looks as if it were coming from a friend or family member. The email asks you to open up an attached photo or file or click on a link to see photos. When you do it then loads a software to hack into your system sending your private info back to the hacker. Keep it safe, if you didn’t expect the email then don’t click on it.
3. The third and final scam is one that looks like an email communication from your bank asking you to give information to them. DON”T respond with anything!!! Your bank never asks for information via email. They will make a formal request via a written letter to you but DON’T even trust the letters. Go to your bank with the letter and directly ask them about the information they are requesting. Banks have to be more secure than any other industry due to strict regulations and they know that email cannot be a trusted source for transmitting sensitive information. Their websites can but information change must first be at the request of the customer and NOT the bank.
Being aware of these scams and knowing how to protect your personal system and data can help avoid some major personal and professional headaches in the future. Stay safe in The Cloud!