One Third of Computers Were Hacked or Infected

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One Third of Computers Were Hacked or Infected

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Nobody wants to get a computer virus especially since today, these viruses can do more than just cause havoc on your computer – they’ll go to great lengths to encrypt information that you have access to and hold it for ransom. If you don’t pay in a specified period, the ransom price goes up. Wait too long and you’ll never be able to recover your data. Other viruses are out there to steal information like credit cards or other personal details. These can be used by hackers to either fund their other projects or sold on the black market for big money.

Keeping your data and computers safe

How can you keep your computer safe? Follow these tips!

Don’t open or download attachments you’re not sure of. Even if you know the person, don’t open up any attachment to an email that they send you unless you were expecting it. For example, don’t open an Excel spreadsheet from your accountant unless they’ve said they’d be sending it to you. Be especially weary of emails that lack proper grammar, spelling, and even their standard email signature. Speaking of proper grammar and spelling…

Look for bad spelling and grammar. We all have that one friend who can’t spell to save themselves, but are they misspelling words that they normally spell correctly? This can be a huge red flag that the email isn’t really from them.

Don’t click links! Hover over them to make sure they go where they say they go before you click. Simply hovering over a link will make sure that you’re going to “paypal.com” and not “payypall.co/m”. If you’re in doubt, always type in the site you’re expecting to go to and login from there.

Using names is more than polite, it’s a great indicator the sender is who they say they are. Xinsto and other companies usually ask for your name. We will always send an email that is personalized to you. We never say anything like, “Dear Customer” – it’ll always be your name. If generic terms like “customer” or “valued customer” are used, it’s probably a fake email and it could contain a virus or be trying to phish you.

Stay safe out there!

 

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