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Malware – Royal Birth scams are circulating

Fake royal birth photos and articles are circulating as “bait” to compromise PC or user security. On all major news events users should exercise caution when presented with email, links, Facebook selections, etc.

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/spam/314106-royal-baby-pictures-and-video-give-birth-to-spam-scams

http://louisville.bbb.org/article/BBB-Warns-Beware-of-Royal-Baby-Scams-43058

QUOTE: BBB warns, be careful when searching Google for news about the royal baby. Scam artists use fake websites to corrupt your computer. On Facebook, you may see a friend likes an “exclusive” video of the new royal baby. Curious, you click on the link. You are taken to a 3rd party website, where a pop up appears prompting you to “update your video player” before you can view the clip. You click “Ok.” However, when you download the file, you aren’t updating your software. You are downloading a virus that scans your machine for banking and other personal information. Similar scams can be found on Twitter and other social media.

Take the following steps to protect yourself:

1. Don’t take the bait. Just stay away from promotions of “exclusive,” “shocking” or “sensational” footage. If it sounds too outlandish to be true, it is probably a scam.

2. Hover over a link to see its true destination. Before you click, mouse over the link to see where it will take you. Don’t click on links leading to unfamiliar websites.

3. Report Scams. On Facebook, report scam profiles, posts and other suspicious activity

4. Use good anti-virus software. Be sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date!

5. Stick to major and trusted news sites. If anyone is going to have the latest scoop, it’s going to be them.

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