Take Care of your Phone Too

Unfortunately hackers and scammers will always be out there trying to fool you. They can attack you on your smartphone just as easily as they can on your computer. You just have to pay attention and take precautions. Here’s a list (from www.msn.com) of 5 ways you can keep your phone healthy and HACKER free! 🙂

 

1: Update your software as soon as possible.  These updates don’t get released for you just to let them sit there. They are there for a reason. Hackers and scammers continue to get more and more creative in finding ways to trick you, which is why you need those software updates to patch any possible holes left open for hackers to sneak into.

2: Be mindful of the things you install on your phone. Think of it this way…..you wouldn’t knowingly go eating things that are bad for your body, would you? If you wouldn’t put your body in danger then don’t put your phone in danger.

3: Check in on the apps already on your phone. It’s like going to the doctor for a yearly checkup, or the dentist for your 6-month cleaning. Just because everything was fine the last time you checked in, doesn’t mean it is still fine now.

4: Don’t make it easy for intruders! Keep a lock on your phone, that way if your phone is lost or stolen and ends up in the wrong hands they can not easily access any of your personal information such as your email.

5: LOG OUT!! You wouldn’t leave your bank account logged in on a public computer once you walked away, so just because it’s your phone doesn’t mean you should keep those types of things signed in at all times. Log out of your accounts when you aren’t using them!

If you want to read the full list of ways to keep your smartphone hacker free then click on the link below:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/12-ways-to-hack-proof-your-smartphone/ar-BByN2Ev?li=AA4Zoy&ocid=spartanntp

Phishing Emails

Pony Malware: A password stealer that can unlock passwords from over 110 different applications.

This latest scam has people infecting their own computers from opening up an attachment in an email that looks like a Microsoft Publisher file. All you have to do is click on the attachment, select download to view it and just like that it crashes your computer almost instantly. This time though, not only are these hackers killing your computer but they are also downloading a pony malware that gives them full remote access to all of your infected files on your computer. With this pony malware, these scammers can access any of your personal information that you have saved on your computer, therefore leading to identity theft. From there, they can create a fake Facebook account under your name to reel in your friends, get a hold of their information and spread the infection.

These scammers mean business. They can cause all kinds of havoc beyond costly repairs to your computer. So what can you do to protect yourself?

Although I’ve said it time and time again, I’m going to say it again….DON’T OPEN ANYTHING THAT YOU AREN’T EXPECTING! If you don’t know who is sending you the email then don’t open it! If you recognize the email and open it anyways then don’t open any attachments at least until you find out what it is first!! Plus, let’s think about this for a second….how many times in your lifetime have you actually had someone send you a Publisher file (.pub)?? Ask yourself why you are all the sudden getting a Publisher file about something you have so idea about??

Next, make sure you have a strong password, change it/them often, and don’t reuse the same password. Need two-step verification? We can help with that!

Lastly, make sure you have a good anti-virus software that can detect the bad stuff. If you don’t have that, then we can help with that too!

Stay safe out there!