Computer, Internet, and Email Fraud Prevention
As computer technology continues to evolve, so does the high risk of internet/email, identity theft, and fraud.
There are countless emails being circulated these days from fraudsters impersonating banks, trust companies, credit card companies, the government, PayPal…, and the list continues to grow.
Your best defense is taking proactive measures to reduce the probability of identity theft and fraud.
Here are some simple ways of protecting yourself:
- Ensure your computer security protection is up to date using McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky, AVG, or any other one of the many excellent software options available. These full security suites have a special feature that informs people which websites are safe, at risk, or unsafe.
- Keep a close eye on emails received from banks, trust companies, credit cards, etc. These emails usually say “your account has been disabled,” “click on this link.” Never click on these links – they lead to hacker sites and your bank accounts can be drained, credit cards charged, identity stolen, and more!
- When browsing the internet, you will frequently see fraudulent pop-ups appear saying you’re having problems with your computer, “click on this link,” “call this toll free number,” etc. Do not click! Close these pop-ups and remove them from your browser cookies and history. If these links are clicked on and/or the toll-free number is called, these hackers can hijack your computer holding it for ransom. A payment is then demanded to release the hijacked computer. All the contents on your computer can be stolen and sold on the black market!
- Enroll in an identity protection program which also helps monitor your credit bureau and identity. Alerts are sent to the recipient when unusual activity occurs, as well when credit bureau reports are requested. These alerts give the recipient the opportunity to verify and ensure the credit bureau inquiry is legitimate.
Prevention and common sense play important roles in preventing identity theft and fraud.
For more information and assistance, feel free to reach out to us at Computer Age Service Enterprises – the computer doctor who makes house calls.