Computer users beware!

Computer users beware! Google has warned that there is a growing risk of fake anti-virus software being offered on the Internet, and downloading this to your computer could prove to be detrimental. Several computer users are being duped in downloading anti-virus software and installing the software in their computers, thinking that the anti-virus software would be protecting them from online viruses. On the contrary they find that their computers get vulnerable to hackers.

Fake ant-virus software being constantly upgraded

Constant improvements are being made on the fake anti-virus software with sophisticated tactics designed to trick the computer users in downloading and installing the software which is meant to create malicious code in your computer. When this code gets activated, the hackers have access to the computer even if you have a firewall guarding your computer. Once your firewall is broken, hackers will be able to get into and get all your private information such as credit card, passwords, and log-in details for online banking and others, etc.

As you browse the Internet, you may get pop-up messages on your screen alerting you of viruses that have been found in your system. The alert would tell the user to download a specific software and install and run the anti-virus program to get rid of the viruses. When you download and install the software, you find that you have given away your personal information instead. Most amazingly, there were no viruses in your system. You have been duped by cyber criminals.

Do not lose your identity:

There are new ways of deceiving people in the Internet today. Scammers are constantly coming out with new ways to extract financial information from unsuspected victims. One of the ways is by fictitious anti-virus software. The other way is by “phishing”, often known as “carding”. This process is a hi-tech scam which induces the victim into disclosing their credit card details, bank account information, Social Security numbers, passwords, and other sensitive information.

If you have any doubts about being a victim of an identity theft, you would need to necessarily look through your credit card and bank account statements thoroughly as and when they are received. You should look for such entries which you think is not appropriate and appears to be unauthorized charges. If you do not receive your statements within a reasonable period of time, you should call up your credit card company and your bank to verify your billing address.