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Look out for fake antivirus solutions

Antivirus software is a valuable tool if it’s from a legitimate vendor. There are a lot of fake AV solutions out there that assertively try to get you to install them so that they can collect your information. Only purchase Antivirus software from trusted vendors like Total Defense.

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.

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, […]

5 tips for avoiding online identity theft

We’ve all heard about identity theft. But does it ever actually happen? The answer, unfortunately, is yes. The Federal Trade Commission received nearly 2.1 million identity theft claims in 2020, roughly twice the amount it received the year prior. The scammers are out there. With a little due diligence, you can keep your identity safe […]

Watch out for cryptocurrency tech support scams

Scammers may pose as cryptocurrency (virtual currency) tech support. Individuals in need of tech support may use online search engines to find technical support companies. Criminals pay to have their fraudulent tech support company’s link show higher in search results hoping victims will choose one of the top links in search results. The fraudulent support […]

Don’t engage on unsolicited tech support calls

A standard tech support scam goes as follows: You get an unsolicited call from someone telling you there’s a virus on your device but that it can be fixed if just grant him/her access to your system and submit a payment. It’s all fake. Instead, look for official notifications from your operating system or antivirus […]