Step 7: Practice Safe Browsing

Rogue antivirus and scareware typically requires user interaction to get a toe hold on victims’ computers. Users can protect themselves by steering clear of suspicious or merely opaque links (such as the shortened links common on Twitter and other social media platforms). Beware of pop-up ads warning of infections or offering free virus or hard drive scans – these are commonly associated with scareware. If such a message appears, close the pop up window, but do not click within the pop-up ad, and you’ll be less likely to suffer a scareware attack!

Rogue antivirus and scareware typically requires user interaction to get a toe hold on victims’ computers. Users can protect themselves by steering clear of suspicious or merely opaque links (such as the shortened links common on Twitter and other social media platforms). Beware of pop-up ads warning of infections or offering free virus or hard drive scans – these are commonly associated with scareware. If such a message appears, close the pop up window, but do not click within the pop-up ad, and you’ll be less likely to suffer a scareware attack!

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