Internet Safety and Computer Safety

Have you ever had a pop up window with an alarming message such as "Your computer may be at risk" or "Perform a free security scan to protect your computer" ?  This is called scareware, which is designed to make you purchase fraudulent software for your computer which could damage your computer.


What to Do

If you’re faced with any of the warning signs of a scareware scam or suspect a problem, shut down your browser. Don’t click “No” or “Cancel,” or even the “x” at the top right corner of the screen. Some scareware is designed so that any of those buttons can activate the program. If you use Windows, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to open your Task Manager, and click “End Task.” If you use a Mac, press Command + Option + Q + Esc to “Force Quit.”
If you get an offer, check out the program by entering the name in a search engine. The results can help you determine if the program is on the up-and-up.

Here are some helpful links for Computer Security:


The Federal Trade Commission
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/computer-security

The Vermont Attorney General's Office
http://www.atg.state.vt.us/issues/consumer-protection/privacy-and-data-security.php

The State of Washington's Attorney General's Office
http://www.atg.wa.gov/InternetSafety/Adults.aspx#.U0bioaKyrbw

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