IMPORTANT: 500,000 routers infected with malware, security researchers warn

I am posting this, for the second time, to stress the importance of this cyber attack, how it involves you at home, and what you can do to protect yourself. This particular article was posted in USAToday…

Researchers with Cisco’s Talos cyberintelligence unit say malware called ‘VPNFilter’ has infected about 500,000 consumer routers worldwide.

Click on the source link below to learn how to protect yourself

Source: 500,000 routers infected with malware, security researchers warn

How To Scan Your Computer For Malware With Google Chrome

This is an interesting tidbit about Google Chrome’s ability to scan your Windows-based computer for malware. I tested this on a Google Chromebook and it would not launch; but, never the less, this is great. I encourage you to read and learn more about this by clicking on the source link below.

Google Chrome might be the most secure web browser around. What’s more, Chrome can actually make your whole computer more secure.

Open Chrome (or open a new tab if Chrome is already running) and type the following in to the address bar at the top: chrome://settings/cleanup.

Here’s what you should see when you do that:

Source: How To Scan Your Computer For Malware With Google Chrome

KeePass Password Safe

I highly recommend that you use a password manager to manage and store all of the passwords that you use. Typically, most folks use the same password for many sites and accounts and are careless in maintaining their passwords; often storing them in and around the computer. KeePass will assist you in generating strong passwords and will assist you in securely storing your passwords. Also, check further on their website for ported versions of KeePass to other operating system platforms, such as Android. KeePass is available as a full install or portable app.

KeePass is an open source password manager. Passwords can be stored in highly-encrypted databases, which can be unlocked with one master password or key file.

Source: KeePass Password Safe

Twitter Users – You May Want To Change Your Password

A glitch at Twitter has prompted the social media company to urge its more than 330 million users to consider changing their account passwords after some of them were exposed on its internal computer network. The company wrote a blog post informing users of the incident on Thursday.

Unknown number of passwords were “unmasked in an internal log”; no indication they were breached or misused, company says

Source: Twitter says to change your password today after it found a bug – CBS News

IMPORTANT FACEBOOK USERS: Do Not Fall For The Online Popup Tech Support Scam

I am seeing an increase of this scam lately with (see video below) Facebook users and is typically activated by clicking on a web link that is criminal in nature. I urge you read my brief description below on how the scam works; AND, encourage you to watch the video so that you can see in “real-time” how these scammers take over a computer.

HOW THE SCAM WORKS:

If you suddenly get a popup window on your computer (similar to what is pictured below in the video) informing you that it is a critical alert and your computer is infected; PLEASE, do not fall for the scam and call the phone number. If you have your speakers turned on you may hear a robotic voice repeatedly telling you to call the phone number and instructing you to not turn your computer “off” due that it is infected and will cause further damage. If you do call the phone number, you will be connected to a live person (the scammer) who will talk you into them taking over your computer, which they will do, and when done will want payment from you via credit card. At this point, your credit card is compromised and you will need to call your credit card provider to shut down the card. Failure to pay often results in the scammer actually causing mishap to your computer and they may become verbally threatening (and will even you call you back if you hang up on them).  Bottomline, Microsoft or no tech support will ever call or popup on your computer.

WHAT TO DO:

To exit out of the popup, which you most likely will not be able to do, via normal means, simply hit “ctrl-alt-del” (simultaneously) on your keyboard, select “Task Manager”; then, select your browser on the task manager list, and click on “end process”. This typically will resolve the issue. If this too much to follow, take the nuclear option and unplug the computer from the wall, wait a few seconds, plug back in and restart the computer.  As an added precaution, I would download and run “AdwCleaner” and “Malwarebytes Anti-Malware” to remove any browser hijackers and malware that may be associated with this scam. Also, the appearance and methods of these tech support scams change on a regular basis. I have even heard that this scam is so organized that there are call centers set up with numerous people trained to run the scam.

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