Follow these simple rules of safe computing to remain protected with both your
computer as well as your identity.
- Install a recommended internet securities program. STAY AWAY FROM THE
FREE ONES! They offer little or no protection.
Hollister Computer recommends
BitDefender Total Securities. This can be purchased for approximately
$50 per year.
Be certain to enable "ransomware protection" (discussed below)
- NEVER call a toll-free number that appears on your screen. This
are always scams. Especially if they use scare tactics saying your computer
is at risk.
- MICROSOFT WILL NEVER CALL YOU! If anyone calls your phone
claiming to be Microsoft or an affiliate of Microsoft, THIS IS A SCAM!
- NEVER, NEVER, NEVER let anyone take
control of your computer remotely. Only allow people you know and trust
access to your computer.
- RANSOMWARE - Ransomware is a new kind of threat on the internet
and is spreading more and more widely. Ransomware usually comes as an
attachment to an email message. Common ploys are attached legal or tax
documents looking very legitimate (until you check the return email address)
When you open this document, it then deploys a Trojan program which encrypts
your files, specifically documents, music and pictures. Once encrypted, your
files cannot be opened without their decrypting software which they want to
charge you $500. Bare in mind, these people are crooks! If you give into
their demands and pay the $500, you then have to cancel the credit card and
are then a victim of identity theft. This is yet another reason I recommend
BitDefender because of its ransomware protection.