As part of the district's continuing efforts to help parents, students, employees, and community members stay safe online, the Technology Department offers weekly suggestions that we hope help maintain Secure Access For Everyone to online applications and content.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers about con-artists--scammers--who are sending pop-up computer warnings or making phone calls that offer unnecessary and often harmful tech support services.
One scammer actually sent spam emails falsely claiming that the FTC had hired them to remove problem software. As of today, the lawsuit filed by the FTC against this scammer has resulted in the court ordering the defendent to shut down his websites and phone numbers, stop claiming he is affiliated with the FTC, and inform current customers that he is not affiliated with the FTC.
If you received one of those email messages, the FTC want to hear about it.
If you get a pop-up, a call, or an email that contains an urgent message about a virus on your commputer, just STOP. The FTC's advice: "Don't click any links, don't send any money, and don't give anyone control of your computer. The person behind the message probably wants access to your computer to grab your data, install malware, or sell you unnecessary services." Please report these contacts to the FTC's Complaint page.
Check out this short video that you can share with your family.
StaySafeOnline reports that the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) are encouraging consumers to get their online lives in good order by conducting a thorough cleanse of their cyber clutter and make “digital spring cleaning” an annual ritual to help protect valuable personal data.
The NCSA has released the following tips for spring cleaning:
The BBB adds a tip about devices that capture and store sensitive personal data. In addition to computer hard drives, consider external hard drives, CDs and DVDs, USB (flash) drives, and even wearable devices.