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Support Scams: What Are They & How to Avoid Them

Sep 10, 2018 9:00:23 AM / by The Right Click posted in Internet Safety, Data

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Tech scams can come in many forms, but they’re all after the same thing: your money and your information. Most tech scams will claim that your device is experiencing an urgent issue that, if you don’t solicit their pseudo “tech support” soon, will result in the loss of your data.

By 2018, we’ve all seen our fair share of pop-ups and scam calls, but they seem to get more crafty as time progresses. While you can always contact our experts at (401)783-0613 or support@therightclick.net with questions, it’s important you’re equipped to sniff out a scam before it happens.   

One of the most common tech scam is an unsolicited call. Scammers will give you a ring and claim to be a representative from companies like Apple or Microsoft, then offer their support to fix a detected computer issue. Major companies like Apple and Microsoft will never call you unsolicitedly and you should never give your personal information. To further confirm it’s a scam, just Google search the number that called and it’s likely already reported as a scam. But beware of scammers that fake phone numbers to appear as a company’s support line.

And then there’s the ubiquitous web scam. You’ll see a pop-up window with the flashing words “VIRUS DETECTED!” and be prompted to solicit their support. This prompt may appear in the form of calling a phone number or downloading an application or software. To trick you even further, these alerts may even appear in a similar design to your operating system. Don’t do it. Even if it’s not attached to a possible scam, you can always reach out to us if you’re wary of downloading any third-party software.

 

Already fallen victim to a scam?

Immediately remove any application the scam prompted you to install. If you gave any personal info like logins or passwords, change them. And, of course, immediately call your credit card provider to reverse the charge if you paid for a service. You can also file a complaint with the FTC to help bring that scam to a halt.

After that, call us. We’ll remove malware from your device along with any trace of malicious activity—and we never take sketchy gift cards as payment.


For more information on support scams, check out Microsoft’s scam guide here or Apple's scam guide here.

 

Stay safe out there.

 

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Don't Be an Easy Target: 5 Tips for Staying Safe on Public WiFi

Aug 15, 2018 1:59:27 PM / by The Right Click posted in Internet Safety, Data

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Remember when public spots with free internet were few and far between? Thankfully for us (and our data plans!) there is now free WiFi almost everywhere we go, and I'd venture to say most of us take advantage of it whenever we can. But at what cost?

Jumping on WiFi while enjoying a cappuccino at your local coffee shop or delayed on a layover has certainly opened the digital doors of the web for us. However convenient, using a public network unfortunately can expose your data to harmful outside parties. Free public WiFi is a hacker's playground when it comes to stealing personal information. But don't panic just yet-- this post is not telling you to never use public WiFi again (phew!).

Although completely eliminating risk is impossible, there are certainly steps you can take to avoid being an easy target for these hackers. Follow these 5 tips next time you're out and about:  


1) Use a VPN
The most secure way to publicly surf is through a Virtual Private Network, or a VPN. A VPN creates your own personal protection layer by encrypting data before it even passes through a network-- whether that be your home internet provider or the local coffee shop WiFi. The encrypted data then goes to the the VPN, and from the VPN server to your online destination. In turn, the online destination sees your data as coming from the VPN server, not your computer. Think of it as a third party connecting to the internet on your behalf. For more information on VPNs and how to choose the best one for you, check out this VPN Beginner's Guide.

2) Look For the Green Lock
Ever notice that green lock paired with the word “Secure” at the top left of your browser? It’s probably there right now. That means you’re using an encrypted (or protected) connection. Though your browser probably displays that reassuring green lock, the Chrome extension “HTTPS Everywhere”. HTTPS Everywhere automatically switches thousands of sites from insecure (HTTP) to secure (HTTPS), protecting your data from surveillance and account hijacking.

3) Turn WiFi Off When Not in Use
It’s the simplest preventative measure of them all. When you’re done working or surfing, get into the habit of disabling WiFi on any connected device you own. It’ll cut down on the time you’re connected to a public - and potentially unsafe - network.

4) Avoid Websites Containing Your Sensitive Information
Alright, this is nearly impossible, but it’s worth a try. Avoid browsing websites that have your personal information stored, like your credit card or important passwords. You’re likely going to browse social media, but try to avoid checking your bank account balance while you’re at the coffee shop or the airport.

5) Don’t Forget About All of Your Devices
If you’re traveling with a smartphone, tablet, and laptop, you’ll need to keep all of these tips in mind for each device. Devices can be easily overlooked when you have many, especially if it's something as second nature as jumping on WiFi quickly from your phone. You can never be too safe!

The fact of the matter is, WiFi is a modern convenience that enhances our technological experiences and gives us the power to connect with the world, wherever we may be. "With great power comes great responsibility" as the old phrase goes. That being said, be mindful and aware next time you jump on WiFi. Doing so can lessen your chances of becoming a cybercrime target next time you're out enjoying a cappuccino or delayed on a layover.

 

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Keeping Your Data Safe in a Post-GDPR Era

Jun 18, 2018 8:18:23 PM / by The Right Click posted in Internet Safety, Data

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If you weren’t aware of the implementation of the GDPR, your inbox was inundated with privacy policy updates until you were. Do you need to carve out a weekend to read every updated privacy policy? No. Should you still take special precautions in the wake of this legislation? Absolutely. Your safety and privacy is our priority at The Right Click, and now more than ever, we’re working to ensure you’re equipped with the knowledge and support to keep your information secure.

The GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, ensures all businesses operating in the European Union protect the data of its customers. Instead of freely collecting data—and only giving you the option to opt out—the GDPR instead requires you to opt in to sharing your personal information. Though it was originally implemented to protect European citizens, there’s plenty of crossover in American companies that do business overseas. In one way or another, your data is affected.

And although corporations face hefty fines for breaches of your privacy, the GDPR doesn’t necessarily mean all of your data is secure after May 25th. Instead, this piece of legislation should remind consumers to pay closer attention to the information they’re giving in exchange for free services like Facebook and Google.

For you, the consumer, the GDPR not only protects your data but also gives you rights in how you give (and taketh away) that data. Corporations are now required to clearly inform you of when your information is being collected, and they’re also required to delete or remove that information when you see fit.

A good first step to protecting yourself is knowing the exact information you’ve shared with a corporation. Submit a Subject Access Request (SAR) to any affected organization and they’re legally required to respond within thirty days. You’re then free to request the change or removal of any information as you see fit.

Though the implementation of GDPR brings strengthened safety measures, it probably has made you contemplate just how much of your information is out there. If you have any questions about your data and how it’s used, reach out to our experts and we’ll work with you to protect your safety, privacy, and peace of mind.

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7 Ways to Keep Your Child Safe on The Internet

Feb 19, 2018 10:08:18 AM / by The Right Click posted in Internet Safety, Home computers

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The internet has a sketchy side, just like the real world. It can be very easy for kids to stray into it! Porn, potential predators, hate groups and misinformation flourish online. There are a few ways to help keep the best of the web for your kids and avoid the bad.

 

1) Get Involved

Parents need to be involved in their child’s computer activities, just like they are involved with school and playdates at the park. It might be hard to pay attention after what seems like the 100th dinosaur website, but being close by is the best way to ensure your child’s safety. By the time they are around 7, you won’t need to be glued to her side, but you should be in the room or at least checking in frequently.

 

2) Set Rules

Decide how much time you are comfortable with your children spending online and what sites they visit. You can even post a list or make them sign a contract (like these free ones at www.SafeKids.com). make sure you talk about the rules and consequences for breaking them so that there is no confusion.

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3) Give Them Tools to Protect Themselves

Empower your children to make the right decisions online moving forward. Teach them to:

-Never give their name, phone number, email, passwords, address, school or picture without your permission
-Don't open emails from strangers
-Don't respond to hurtful or disturbing messages
-Don't meet anyone that they talk to online

 

4) Be On Their Side

Make sure your child knows that they can come to you with anything they see online that makes them uncomfortable. Assure them that you won’t overreact, blame them, or immediately remove their computer privileges.

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 5) Location, Location, Location

Keep your computer in a central location that is easy to see and monitor throughout the day. If you have more than one computer, consider only having one
or two connected to the internet. That way you
can frequently check on what your children are looking at.

 

6) Put Your Browser to Work

Your browser has options to help your children surf safely. Internet Explorer has Content Advisor (under Tools/Internet Options/Content), which filters out language, nudity, sex, and violence on a 0 to 4 scale. Safari (for Mac users) have parental controls like filtering as well.

 

 8) Software Can Help

While no software is fail-proof, it always helps to add another layer of protection. The tools listed below will cost you money, most offer a free trial period, and all are great protectors. When choosing a software, ask yourself, what's your main goal?

CyberPatrol www.cyberpatrol.com 

MCafee https://www.mcafee.com/

Norton Internet Security www.symantec.com

 

The professionals at The Right Click are always happy to help create and implement safe computer environments to help keep your family safe online. Contact us to get in touch with a specialist today!

 

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