Cyber criminals don't just send fraudulent email messages, they might call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They will also setup websites with persistent pop-ups displaying fake warning messages and a phone number to call to get the “issue” fixed. They always offer to help solve your computer problems or recommend buying a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following:
Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They then charge you to remove this software!
Convince you to visit legitimate websites (like www.ammyy.com) to download software that allows them to take control of your computer remotely and supposedly fix the problem.
They then request credit card information for phony their services.
Remember, Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC
or technical support information. Any communication they have with you must be initiated
by you via email or phone!
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Never Do the Following!
Download Free or Trial Offers unless you know the source or product name and reputation.
Open links in emails unless you know the sender and are expecting the link.
Forget to check for Updates on anti virus programs, even if set on "automatic".
Use the same password for all purposes. Instead, use simple variations of your password.
Attempt repairs or adjustments without proper computer maintenance skills.
Forget to periodically burn a Backup CD of all important files.
Complete any online Survey or Feedback forms. This is how identities are stolen.
Forget to do a complete weekly virus scan.
Respond to phone calls regarding possible computer problems or service verification.