Scammers are evolving along with technology at an alarming rate. Breaching your personal information through your computer or other software can be one of the most costly scams and may be more than just financially devastating.
You can download programs on the Internet to look at pictures, play games, listen to music, and enjoy other activities. But, beware of dangerous downloads that may result in serious computer problems and expenses that you did not anticipate.
In a scheme called "phishing," ID thieves trick people into providing their Social Security numbers, financial account numbers, PIN numbers, mothers' maiden names, and other personal information by pretending to be someone they're not.
A fraudster, claiming to work for a well-known technology company like Microsoft or Norton, contacts you claiming that viruses have been detected on your computer. The fake tech representative alleges they can remotely remove the virus for a fee (typically between $100-400). Think twice before paying up or allow them access to your computer.
Unwanted software are programs that are downloaded—often unknowingly—that can cause serious problems for computer users. Examples of unwanted software are spyware, adware, and a host of other programs. Sometimes unwanted software comes hidden along with a program that the user actually intended to download.