I realize it has been a while since I have done one of my “internet safety” blogs and this one is long overdue. This blog is not for the computer savvy for more for those who play with their computer, using it mostly to connect to family and friends, look items up, mostly using it for fun. You may not realize how easy it is to get fooled into clicking something which could put dangerous spyware; (to learn more about spyware, click here) on your computer. Those attempting to infiltrate your computer to get your information are getting better. Think about a criminal in general, the more they perfect their craft, the better they are. Well over time, that is what those trying to put spyware on your computer are doing…each and every day.
This tutorial is more for those using desktop or laptop computers. First, I can not stress enough how important it is to have some type of anti-spyware, anti-virus software on your computer. There are a variety of good ones. I am not an expert on them, so I will turn to the experts. PCMag wrote an article on the best ones for 2015. It is definitely worth the read.
Today I am sharing a very common problem you will see on a lot of desktop and laptop computers running on Windows.
Have you ever seen a notice like this pop up on a screen when you have internet explore (the internet) open?
The first thing to notice is it looks legit. Before you click anything, take a minute and think; Did I request anything that would open my media player (in case you don’t know, your media player is what plays songs, videos, etc.)
The next thing to do is to look at the URL and see where it is from. The URL is the area at the top of your screen that you type in the .com you are going to.
As you can see, this one says “ad120” so it is a clear guess it is some type of advertisement or spyware, but they are not always this clear.
Another example of attempted spyware:
Just because you have an alert does not mean it is from your computer! It does not mean your computer is outdated. Again, make sure to look at the URL.
If you are not sure, CLOSE the screen. Run a computer check if you feel you need to. Run a virus check. Bottom line, don’t take a chance, you don’t need to give a hacker access to your computer.
Staying safe when on the internet isn’t difficult, you just have to take a minute and THINK about what you are seeing on your screen before clicking “ok”. Use this thought before clicking on anything on the internet, not just on internet explorer but on social media links and emails.