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:
- DO NOT give out any information about your computer, finances, or other personal information.
- DO NOT open or read an email if you do not recognize who it is from or seems sketchy
- 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
- 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.
- DO NOT click on things or share things that ask you to copy and paste on your own timeline or personal profile.
- 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.