This blog complements my book, The Essential Guide to Home Computer Security, to help you keep your home computers and smartphones secure.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Beware phone calls claiming you have a problem with your computer

I popped home at lunch-time and the phone rang. I only heard a few words before I impolitely put the receiver down, cutting poor 'Alan' off in mid call-centre spiel. He claimed to be from the Global Security Department and his next sentence would have been to say they had found a problem with my PC and its internet connection. Very soon he would have wanted remote access to fix it but instead would have installed malicious software.

I noticed a story in a local paper just recently where a gentleman was nearly taken in by such a scam but managed to stop it just in time. And this isn't the first time I have received such a call. It behoves us all to spread the word about this dangerous practice.

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