In the last few weeks I have been very shocked by how many scams I have seen people either fall prey to, or or be terrified that they have been taken advantage of by. Over the years, I have seen folks fleeced for anywhere between $300 to $3000. No one person is alike another, yet they all share one thing in common—one momentary lapse of reason brought on by fear.
If you listen to TechTalk on AM1070 with Alan Perry and I, you’ll know that we’re often talking about security updates, and new threats that they’re trying to fix. You’ll likely also know that I’m not a big fan of Antivirus software either.
The reason is simple—in seven years, I’ve seen lots of adware and malware, but the only thing that’s really affected anyone are webpage hijacks—sudden inexplicable warnings that take over your computer.
How you come across them:
All in all definitely a case of “browser beware”. If you’re the kind that only ever walks the strait and narrow—sticking to larger, commercial websites, you’re less likely to come across these threats, but not completely immune.
They come in different forms:
If you ever come across something like this, don’t panic, and rest assured of the following:
This is without a doubt the biggest threat that I have seen to date—at least on Macs, and in numerous cases the victims did actually have antivirus like ESET, Sophos or Norton Antivirus installed.
Always remember: no person or website can ever tell you that you are under threat and being actively hacked.
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