Companies DO NOT Call You About Problems With Your Computer

Microsoft has stated it received 153,000 reports in 2017 from customers who had come in contact with tech-support scammers via a cold call, spam, or the web.

I have on occasion received phone calls stating they have noticed a security issue with my windows computer.  Having had an extensive career as an Information Technology professional, and being tech-savvy… I know this is a scam.

Yes, there are hundreds of thousands of people who fall for calls like this or links in an email or a link on a website.

Here are some general DO NOT’s when it comes to online and email safety:

  1. DO NOT give out any information about your computer, finances, or other personal information.
  2. DO NOT open or read an email if you do not recognize who it is from or seems sketchy
  3. DO NOT click on links in an email unless you have validated it is from a source you know and trust or without asking them if it is legitimate
  4. DO NOT click on links in social media posts like Facebook.  If you absolutely must, go to the company or person’s name in a search engine and try to find the information that way.
  5. DO NOT click on things or share things that ask you to copy and paste on your own timeline or personal profile.
  6. ALWAYS look at the link at the top of your browser or look at it in the email or wherever it was sent to you – not just the words that were used to create the link but also the full url or link itself – sinister people will disguise the link as so it looks like it is from a reputable source or company.  If in doubt, leave it alone and don’t do it.

Your privacy and safety is your business and accountability.  Practice self-care always and in all ways.