Scams, Cons and Spam

  1. Scammers use email (spam), web pages, texts and phone calls
    1. Never trust anything that anyone sends or tells you over the phone
    2. Contact the company direct using contact details “not from the potential scammer”
    3. Login direct to the service in question – often that is how the likes of “Amazon/Ebay for example” will let you know of any issues
  1. Crypto virus’s
    1. Caught by clicking on hacker’s website links or from an email/spam
    2. They encrypt vital files or the whole PC
    3. NEVER pay the ransom – they want your credit card details
    4. Backup to cloud and/or hard drive
  1. Ebay – Selling
    1. Never just ship goods to an address “sent by Ebay email” often these can be counterfeit
    2. Login to PayPal – confirm payment and ship goods to the address listed by the client account.
    3. Never ship without payment first arriving
  1. Malware
    1. Sinister malware may well allow a hacker to see what you are typing or remote control to your unattended PC
    2. Some will divert your searches to their websites
    3. Most malware tracks what you do, slows down your PC and causes pop ups
  1. Fighting Scams/Cons/Spam
    1. Backup all data often, both to drive and cloud
    2. Buy a decent security package for all your hardware, make sure it updates and keep it renewed.
    3. Keep all your software up-to-date, apply all the Microsoft and Apple updates
    4. Sign up to a spam killing service
    5. Computer usage policy for work
    6. Website blocking (free for home use)
    7. Strong passwords, different ones for each service

About mclark

20 years, Computer Engineer. Bsc Hons Computer Science, Durham Uni.
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