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Disregard security “alerts” in pop-up ads

Some websites feature insistent advertising and tracking mechanisms. It’s common to see ads for free antivirus software and system scans, as well as warnings that your device has been compromised and requires immediate action, like calling a certain number. These schemes are regularly scams and should be disregarded.

Know the giveaway signs that your computer has malware

It’s important to be able to identify malware on your computer. The sooner you know malware is infecting your device, the faster (and more effectively) you can do something about it. Here’s a rundown of the most common symptoms: Suddenly appearing desktop icons. Frequent crashing. Popup ads. Constant browser redirection. Unsolicited messages. If any of […]

Beware of scareware

Halloween may be long over, but scammers are always up to their old tricks. Scareware, as the name might suggest, is designed to scare users into navigating to malicious websites. Scareware convinces you to download software that you don’t need, promising that it’ll fix a virus you don’t have. Some scams even say your job, […]

Prevent annoying adware by using an ad blocker

Adware is often used to collect information on us. It does this so it can decide which ads are most relevant to us as consumers. While helpful in theory, sometimes adware can interrupt the browsing experience with pop-ups and irritating displays. Ad blockers are usually free browser extensions that stop adware from being a nuisance.

Don’t install something you didn’t want

Ads and pop-ups regularly ask that you install a new program or update. They might make their case by asserting a everyday application is outdated. Phishing emails sometimes take similar approaches to get you to download an attachment. Don’t fall for them; avoid installing anything unless you intended to do so beforehand.

Cybersecurity tips for older adults

Cybercriminals often target older adults who might be less tech-savvy than younger generations. There are many different ways hackers can steal your private information, so it’s important to follow certain safety practices when using the internet and logging in and out of devices. Here are some of the best ways to protect yourself from cybercriminal […]