Top Tips & How to Protect Yourself The best and most obvious protection method is installing an Anti-Virus program such as Norton, Kaspersky, Trend Micro or one of the many others. . When it comes to security, there is no substitute for quality. If you’re not sure, get an IT Expert to do it for you. DON’T IGNORE THE UPDATES!!! Be sure to regularly update your ‘virus definitions’ – this is key to avoiding any new viruses that may have been released since you purchased your program. Turn on your Firewall (check your AntiVirus program as most come with a firewall) or install a third party firewall. Try the free ZoneAlarm program ( www.zonealarm.com ), or they provide a paid version with extra tools (of course), but the free firewall-only option is fine. Install an anti-spyware application. There are many available, some good, some bad. Free programs such as SpyBot Search & Destroy ( www.safer-networking.org ) or AdAware ( www.lavasoft.com ) both have a good reputation. Links SCAMwatch is a website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). SCAMwatch provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams - www.scamwatch.gov.au SNOPES is an reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. Evern wondered if the rumour that baby carrots “preserved with Chlorine” is true??? www.snopes.com The little black book of scams by the ACCC (PDF download) highlights a variety of popular scams that regularly target Australian consumers and small business such as fake lotteries, internet shopping, mobile phones, online banking, employment and investment opportunities. It also offers tips on how to protect yourself from scams, what they can do to minimise damage if you do get scammed and how you can report a scam. www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/ littleblackbookofscams Do you have a suggestion for an article you would like to see? Let me know! Jo Ireland Communications Manager Almond Board of Australia P 08 8582 2055 or 0417 819 765 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will then be asked to open the event viewer on your PC, displaying apparent critical warnings (a normal part of computer events and nothing to worry about!), and then directed to a website to download a program that allows the caller to control your computer remotely. If you give the scammer access, they will claim to run a scan, discover a fake virus and then apply high pressure sales tactics to convince you to buy unnecessary anti-virus software or technical services to ‘fix’ your computer. By giving the scammer remote access to your computer, they can cause all sorts of mischief – including infecting your computer and acquiring your personal information and banking details. Such is the guile of these callers, they will even try to tell you that you have a computer when you don’t own one at all! But wait! There’s more!!! In a new twist, these schemers are making follow-up calls to people who initially fell victim to the scam. In these calls the scammers falsely claim to be from a foreign government, foreign law enforcement body, or from your bank, offering to recover the money which you initially lost to the scam, in return for a fee. Beware – the scammer will not give you your money back and will only ask you for more money. If you receive a call like this, just hang up . So which is safer, Mac or PC? Neither. The Mac vs. PC debate has raged for years and a huge part of this has always been that a MAC is safer and more secure against viruses than PCs. A large, but quiet, admission by Apple that their systems are not any more secure than PCs is the recent change made to the “Why You’ll Love a Mac” section of their website. One of their arguments was “A Mac isn’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers.” That statement has now been removed and replaced with “It’s built to be safe.” No one is arguing that using a Mac is dangerous, what security experts are stressing is that using a Mac does mean you are less vulnerable to attacks. Security precautions and best practices should be adhered to regardless of the system you are running. If one of your major considerations for buying a Mac is that you want the extra security, you may need to reconsider the pros and cons of a Mac versus a PC - no matter what system you have, security is something you will need to invest in.
• Only download programs from websites you trust. If you’re not sure whether to trust a program you are considering downloading, enter the name of the program into your search engine to see if anyone else has reported that it contains spyware. • Read all security warnings, license agreements, and privacy statements associated with any software you download. • Never click “Agree” or “OK” to close an installation window. Instead, click the red “x” in the corner of the window or press Alt + F4 on your keyboard to close a window. • Be wary of popular “free” music and movie file-sharing programs (ie Bearshare, Limewire), and be sure you understand all of the software packaged with those programs. Phishing - Not Fishing Phishing occurs by email, and generally says something like; “there has been a security breach of your bank account, ebay or paypal account and you have to click here and log in a change your password”. The email generally includes the logo of the alleged sender, say the Westpac Bank or the Commonwealth Bank, and the link that you are encouraged to click goes to “look-a-like” website that is designed to resemble the target company’s official website. Once you log in to this site, the scammers now have your password and account details and will usually change your password and lock you out. Then the onus is then on you to prove to your bank you are who you say you are and get your access back. Most legitimate companies will never request sensitive information from customers via email. DO NOT click links in these emails. DO NOT provide any information about yourself. If you are unsure, check your bank or paypal website by opening your browser and type in the URL to start your session. Most banks and financial institution websites also contain “Security” sections that detail any recent and past scams involving them. Phone Scams A telephone scam, being operated from India has been active since 2008. Upon answering your phone, you are quoted your name and address, and told: “I’m calling for Microsoft (or an entity that sounds like it is connected to Microsoft, such as the “Windows Service Center” or “Windows Technical Department”). We’ve had a report from your internet service provider of serious virus problems from your computer.”
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