New computer hacker angle – using your your phone!

New computer hacker angle – using your your phone!

Posted on June 16th, 2011 by admin

Security Essentials

There has been an alarming increase of phone based scams on computer users where callers represent themselves as legitimate security engineers and try to convince people to either let them install security software or do a remote session and are asking for credit card information to “clean” their computers.

The callers claim to be from reputable companies that the person may recognize giving them an air of legitimacy.

There are so any angles hackers try to exploit to gain sensitive data that you need to always be on the alert.  Here are some suggestions from Microsoft;

•Be suspicious of unsolicited calls related to a security problem, even if they claim to represent a respected company.

•Never provide personal information, such as credit card or bank details, to an unsolicited caller.

•Do not go to a website, type anything into a computer, install software or follow any other instruction from someone who calls out of the blue.

•Take the caller’s information down and pass it to the authorities.

•Use a strong password and change it regularly.

See the full story at “PC Magazine”

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2387138,00.asp