Scam Alert – Fake Antivirus Phone Scam Is Stealing Money And
Many online scams start with an email but
you also need to be cautious when the phone rings. There have been an
increased number of reports recently of phone scammers claiming to be from
Microsoft, or an antivirus company, or some random tech support facility.
These callers will claim their systems have detected viruses and/or malware
on your computer and they can help you with a lifetime of guaranteed support
for just a one-time payment of $100 or so.
The process typically goes like this:
1. The scammers first want you to download a
remote access service and grant them access to your PC.
2. Next the scammers want you to buy and
install antivirus software that's usually counterfeit or just a trial version
that leaves you with non-functioning, useless protection. They may also
recommend the latest Windows operating system, which is also likely to be
3. Because the scammers were given unfettered
access to your PC through the remote access service, they may install a
backdoor Trojan — a malicious application that enables them to steal your
passwords, use your system and Internet connection to send spam, and more.
If you receive a
call from someone saying your PC has been compromised, just hang up the
phone. Reputable companies will not make unsolicited calls about the health
of your computer.
Microsoft recommends these do's and don'ts to help prevent becoming a victim:
- Be suspicious of unsolicited calls related to a
security problem, even if the caller claims to represent a respected
- Use up-to-date versions of operating system and
- Make sure security updates are installed regularly.
- Use strong passwords and change them regularly.
- Make sure your firewall is turned on and that
antivirus software is installed and up to date.
- Provide personal information, such as credit card or
bank details, to an unsolicited caller.
- Go to a website, type anything into a computer,
install software, or follow any other instruction from someone who calls
out of the blue.
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Find Computer And Internet Tips On MVT's Facebook Page
Are you interested in a simple configuration
change that might speed up an older Windows computer? How about learning more
about Wi-Fi routers? Do you want to read your MVDSL email on your tablet or
Smartphone? Check out our Facebook page to
learn how. Give us a like and stay up to date.
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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ – How Can I Tell If My Email Account Has Been
Question: A friend of mine recently mentioned that his email account
had been hacked. How will I know if the same thing happens to me?
Answer: That's a great question to ask since this is a common problem.
Here are the signs that your email or social network account has been hacked:
- Friends, family members, or colleagues report getting
a strange email from you, perhaps one that touts a shady-sounding
- There are posts you never made on your social network
page. These posts often encourage your friends to click on a link or
download an app.
- Your information was lost via a data breach, malware
infection, or lost/stolen device.
If you believe your
account has been compromised, change the password to that account and other
key accounts as soon as possible. Create a unique password for each account.
Your passwords should be long and use a mix of upper and lowercase letters,
numbers, and symbols.
Should you be denied access to your account because a hacker changed the
password, visit the Web service's site immediately and follow the steps it
has for recovering an account. For additional information or recommendations
about online security in general, please contact us.
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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In May
Browse Through Billionaires' Backgrounds
bloomberg.com/billionaires – This
fascinating interactive site gives you a look at the world's richest people
including Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and several members of the Walton
family (of Wal-Mart fame). Get net worth summaries, find out about their
prized possessions, and see how the rankings change over time.
Take A Virtual Tour Of The Smithsonian
mnh.si.edu/panoramas – The
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History showcases amazing
collections that give visitors a look at ancient life forms, rare gems, and
a variety of other natural science specimens and artifacts. If you can't
make it to Washington, D.C., take a virtual tour and roam around at your
Learn The Latest Sunscreen Guidelines
skincancer.org – While
skin protection is an all-year issue, it becomes particularly critical
during summer months when more skin is exposed. Before you shop for your
next bottle of sunscreen, check out this site. It defines the acronyms
(UVA, UVB, and SPF) and gives the new rules for sunscreen labels.
Don't Settle For Ho-Hum Hamburgers
allrecipes.com – May
is National Hamburger Month so it's time to fire up the grill and
celebrate. If you're hungry for some new ideas, look through this site's
hamburger recipes that range from basic to gourmet. Be sure to watch the
video on how to make a perfectly cooked hamburger.
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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To
Dog Drinking Water
... Very Slowly
This footage from "Secret Life of Dogs" shows an Alsatian (or
German Shepherd) dog drinking water in ultra slow motion. At times, its
tongue looks more like a sea creature. Who knew that such an ordinary
activity could look so extraordinary?
Food For Thought
On 2,000 Calories
The average adult needs to consume about 2,000 calories daily to maintain
his or her weight. But what does 2,000 actually look like? This video takes
popular foods — including bagels, eggs, Big Macs, and pizza — and shows how
much of each totals 2,000 calories.
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Short Tutorial – How To Add Smileys To Your Facebook Comments
Want to go a step beyond text-only emoticons such as :-) when
you comment on a friend's Facebook post? As long as you know the
"code," you can insert a cute and colorful smiley instead.
Simply type in the right characters, provided in the chart below, and they
will change to the corresponding smiley when you post a comment. You'll note
there are sometimes several different shortcuts listed for the same smiley;
just take your pick.
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