Scams are inevitable and, according to many computer help experts, are becoming more and more difficult to avoid and resolve. Scams have become a huge part of the internet, making their presence known in many bogus websites.
Have you received an email from a person asking to send money to your account? Or perhaps from someone who has been stranded in a foreign country and asking for money from you so he or she could go back home? These are common examples of scammed emails. The moment you open the email, it tells the sender that you are interested in what they have to say so they will continue to send the same type of scammed emails to you until you finally give in. And when you click a link in the email, that’s when you get hit by viruses, malware, and other types of harmful things that could not only damage your computer and destroy your files but also hack into your personal information and bank accounts.
If you are not careful with your online activities and do not protect your personal and financial information, these scammers just might succeed. To help expand your knowledge about scams, computer help experts have compiled the following information on the most common sources of scams and how to get rid or avoid them.
1. Pop up advertisements
You may have notice when browsing through a website and check out one of its other pages, clicking on the page will bring up a pop up advertisement. Sometimes, you don’t even have to click anything on the screen. Moving your mouse pointer or when you move the mouse pointer on a certain area of the page, the pop up ad will appear.
No matter how tempting and real the ad’s content is, DO NOT click anywhere inside the advertisement. Close it down and move on with what you were doing before it popped up to distract you. Although these ads could be a way of the website owner to further entice you into buying their products and hiring them, it is highly recommended that you ignore and avoid all pop up ads in general.
2. Unexpected phone calls
Some scammers get a hold of your contact information, primarily your email address and phone number. And they will use these to access your computer and your personal and financial information. They will send you emails asking for money or seeking assistance in transferring money from their bank account.
If this won’t work, they will use your phone number and call you, telling you your computer is highly damaged and needs fixing. They will tell you that they need to access your computer to resolve the issue. Some would even pretend to be computer help professionals calling to assist you in cleaning and resolving all your computer issues. Whenever you receive this type of email or phone call, it’s always best to ignore them.
3. The same password in all your accounts
If you use the same password in all or most of your accounts, it’s time to change them and create several other passwords so you have different passwords for each of your online accounts. It’s not enough that you use a high security password that is extremely difficult to guess or hack if you use that same password on all your online accounts. Remember all the guidelines and tips when creating passwords. These will help you make your password even much stronger and much easier to remember.
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