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Don’t fall for the following common online scams. Make sure you have virus protection and keep it updated.
- Weaponized Documents. These scams involve legitimate-looking web pages that ask users to download a document, like a monthly statement, invoice or policy terms. The downloaded document may look legitimate, but can be “weaponized”, and attempt to install malware on your computer, upon being opened.
- Ads Collecting User Data. Scammers can insert unwanted software in banner ads, sometimes on legitimate web pages, tricking the user into clicking something that looks like an enticing product or service. Once the user clicks through, malware could be installed on their computer and/or sensitive information could be stolen
- Phishing Scams. An email is sent that claims an attachment is too large or confidential to send over email. Clicking on the link in the email opens a fake online cloud storage site with a page that looks real and appears to be secure. Any information or credentials the user enters are immediately compromised.
Don’t try spotting or tackling scams on your own – research different virus protection programs, have one installed and update it regularly. Some programs even extend protection to documents, attachments, downloads and thumb drives, performing alone or in conjunction with existing antivirus software.
Source: AOL Member Info