Gavin Whittaker’s Guide to Internet Safety – Part Four

image Guest writer Gavin Whittaker has written  an impressive series of ten articles, all designed to  help you navigate the Internet in safety.

We’re presenting Gavin’s highly informative articles, one each day, over the course of ten days.

Here’s the forth part of the guide to:

  • Protect Yourself from Fraud
  • Highlight the Common Internet Scams
  • Give You the Knowledge & Confidence to Avoid these Online Scams

Today we focus on scareware, Internet pop-ups that look to convince you that you have a virus or spyware infection.

Computer users are tricked into installing convincing (but malicious) software that actually creates problems on your PC.  This software then scares you further by highlighting lots of additional fictitious problems and how to pay to fix them.

The difficulty lies in that this software can look very convincing and often dupes the user into paying for the fix.  The fix never comes, instead comes hassle as these scammers remotely access your PC and steal your personal data – all whilst you’ve paid for the ‘pleasure’.

A leading Internet security vendor stated that in 2009, there were over 43 million failed scareware attempts worldwide.  Failed attempts emphasizes that your anti-virus and spyware software is doing its job.

On the other hand, only last month did I help a client who had fallen victim to scareware.  It’s prolific and I don’t want you to get caught out!

Awareness and common sense again are your best bet in fighting scareware, as is ensuring you are using the latest version of your browser and that your anti-virus and spyware software is up to date.

You may also wish to view this article – “Identity Theft and Internet Security by Paul Lubic”.

Guest writer Gavin Whittaker is an IT Author,  Consultant and Trainer, and a Member of the Technology Channels Association.

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4 responses to “Gavin Whittaker’s Guide to Internet Safety – Part Four

  1. Hi Gavin,

    You said it right, only awareness can resolve this issue. Hope our effort can rise this awareness.


  2. Ranjan

    Yep.. These rogues are sometimes too stubborn to be removed..
    Agree with you completely… The most powerful tool against these is your common sense/common_sense_2010.exe 😛

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Ranjan,

      “common_sense_2010.exe” – gotta get that application! lol


  3. Ranjan

    I guess, that’s application is built-in for most users… They just need to fine-tune it.. 😛