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The Federal Trade Commission said Friday that it's bringing 16 new enforcement actions, including complaints, settlements, indictments, and guilty pleas, against tech fraudsters. But Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi -- who is working with the FTC on the issue -- warned there are still more scammers out there, and regulators need the public's help to catch them.
"The only way we're going to stop this is if you report it," Bondi said.
She asked that people immediately notify the FTC if they see pop-up ads that warn people their computers are infected with a virus or malware and solicit them to buy virus protection software. The ads are often designed to resemble legitimate security alerts.
A major new security vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed was disclosed with severe implications for the entire Web. The bug can scrape a server's memory, where sensitive user data is stored, including private data such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers
Do not log into accounts from afflicted sites until you're sure the company has patched the problem. If the company hasn't been forthcoming -- confirming a fix or keeping you up to date with progress -- reach out to its customer service teams for information, said John Miller, security research manager for TrustWave, a security and compliance firm.
Once you've got confirmation of a security patch, change passwords of sensitive accounts like banks and email first. Even if you've implemented two-factor authentication -- which, in addition to a password asks for another piece of identifying information, like a code that's been texted to you -- changing that password is recommended.
The Cryptolocker Virus is one of the worse virus's we have seen here at Computer Medic Center. Once downloaded, this virus completly erases all your document and photo files. We cannot stress enough to be careful with what you are downloading. The most important measure to safeguard yourself is to back up your files daily using alternating hard drives. We say this because once this Cryptolocker virus gets downloaded in your system it will automatically be downloaded to your back up and those files will be gone forever.
A computer virus is a program that spreads by infecting the files of a system or a hard drive of a computer network and then makes copies of itself. While some viruses are harmless others can damage or destroy your data files. Viruses are primarily spread thru email attachments and bogus websites can infect your computer as well. Using reputable site and only opening attachments from people you know is your best defense.
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