Hi, I would like to send you 21 million dollars.” Does that opening sound familiar to you? It’s the start of what’s called a “phishing” attack, which seeks to steal your bank account information by pretending to be somebody that wants to help you out. In addition to stealing your personal information, many of these attacks include file downloads that, if you run them, will infect your computer and cause you to need online computer repair.
As a rule of thumb to keep your computer healthy and not needing online computer repair, you should never download file attachments in e-mails unless you were expecting to receive them from somebody. Even if the file is from someone you know, it’s possible that it could be a phisher spoofing their e-mail address. In other words–still an attack on your computer that could result in a visit to an online computer repair specialist.
Other examples of e-mails which ask for your information include requests to verify your user name and password, or text that claims you have won a prize and need to click a link to access it. The latter type will often send you to websites which will download Trojans and other viruses to your computer, which you will not be able to get rid of short of using an online computer repair site to clean up your computer.
Tips to remember:
– Never download attachments unless you were expecting to get one.
– Never send anyone your login and password for banking sites or other accounts. If an e-mail sounds authentic, call their customer support line to make sure.
– Double-check to make sure the e-mail isn’t coming from a fake address. (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
– If you ever get a virus, visit an online computer repair site.
By adhering to these tips, you can ensure that your computer stays safe and clean and that you won’t need access to online computer repair.
Fortunately, even if you accidentally download something you shouldn’t from one of these e-mails, or if your computer is ever otherwise damaged, online computer repair services can help to get you back up and running.